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The most intriguing characteristic of the Sumter County Movement was the disproportionate number of teenagers and even pre-teens who dominated the marches. For example, in late July, more than thirty-three teenage girls were arrested during a march in Americus and sent to a stockade in nearby Lee County. Photographs taken by SNCC member Danny Lyon, who snuck into the Leesburg Stockade, showed terrified young girls in a barren room with barred windows and a stopped up, overflowing toilet. Such horrific conditions reinforced the fact that the Sumter County Movement's youthful marchers often faced significant threats to their liberties and lives. The Americus-related materials include bibliographies, essays, lesson plans, and links to related materials in the Civil Rights Digital Library.

Freedom on Film is a component of the Civil Rights Digital Library, which received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Types:Instructional materials
Subjects:Campbell, J. R. (Joseph R.), 1924-2006 | Lyon, Danny | Allen, Ralph W., 1941-2005 | Harris, Donald S. | Perdew, John, 1941- | Aelony, Zev, 1938- | Whatley, Andrew A., 1941-1965 | Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.) | African Americans--Civil rights--Georgia--Americus | African American college students--Georgia--Americus | African American civil rights workers--Georgia--Americus | African Americans--Violence against--Georgia--Americus | African American men--Violence against--Georgia--Americus | Voter registration--Georgia--Americus | African American teenagers--Georgia--Americus | Protest marches--Georgia--Americus | African American girls--Georgia--Americus | Civil rights demonstrations--Georgia--Americus | Civil rights movements--Georgia--Americus | Congress of Racial Equality | Sumter County Movement (Americus, Ga.) | United States, Georgia, Lee County, 31.7795066, -84.1411344 | United States, Georgia, Sumter County, Americus, 32.0723862, -84.2326876
Institution:Franklin College of Arts and Sciences (University of Georgia)
Contributors:Civil Rights Digital Library Collection (Digital Library of Georgia) | Freedom on Film (Project) | Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Persistent Link to Item:http://www.civilrights.uga.edu/bibliographies/americus/