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Notice of intent to contest election; [1964-1965]

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Title:Notice of intent to contest election; [1964-1965]

From the Miller (Michael J.) Civil Rights Collection; This legal notice to James L. Whitten from Fannie Lou Hamer announces Ms. Hamer's intent to contest his 1964 election to the United States House of Representatives from the 2nd Congressional District of Mississippi. The copy of this document that was sent was presumably signed by Ms. Hamer. It appears her attorney created the document. The author uses many approaches to support Hamer's reasoning for the contest. The document presents voter registration statistics by race within counties in the 2nd Congressional district of Mississippi (from 1960 census)" The document also contains an extensive description of steps taken by the government of Mississippi since 1892 to disenfranchise African Americans. It points to amendments to the Mississippi constitution since 1890 that are unconstitutional and lists terrorist acts whites have committed to intimidate African Americans and Civil Rights workers.

Electronic version made available through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Subjects:Hamer, Fannie Lou. | Whitten, Jamie L. | African American political activists | Civil rights workers | Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party | Politics, Practical | Terrorism | Voter registration | African American civil rights workers--Mississippi | Contested elections--Mississippi | Political candidates--Mississippi | Voter intimidation--Mississippi | United States. Congress. House | Elections--Mississippi | Election law--United States | Civil rights--Mississippi | African Americans--Civil rights--Mississippi | Race discrimination--Mississippi | African Americans--Mississippi--Suffrage | African Americans--Mississippi--Politics and government--20th century | Mississippi. Constitution (1890) | Segregation--Mississippi | Segregation in education--Mississippi | Federal-state controversies--Mississiippi | Voter registration--Mississippi | Voting registrars--Mississippi | Justice, Administration of--Political aspects--Mississippi | Law--Interpretation and construction | United States, Mississippi, 32.354668, -89.398528
Collection:Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive
Institution:University of Southern Mississippi Libraries
Contributors:University of Southern Mississippi. Libraries
Original Material:

Box 3, Folder 10, M336 Zwerling (Matthew) Freedom Summer Collection, McCain Library and Archives, University of Southern Mississippi

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Forms part of the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive.

Forms part of USM - Historical Manuscripts.

Forms part of University of Southern Mississippi Digital Collections.

Forms part of the Mississippi Digital Library.

Forms part of the Michael J. Miller Civil Rights Collection in the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive.

Persistent Link to Item:http://digilib.usm.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/manu/id/4375/rec/1