Cover for HOLSAERT: Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC. Click for larger imageJillian Weinberger reviews Hands on the Freedom Plow for Ms. Magazine’s blog.

“Most of the narratives in this invaluable collection proudly note that while an element of gender bias certainly existed in SNCC—its membership was raised in the 1950s, after all—the organization, especially in its pre-Carmichael days, did champion women leaders. . . . The essays collected in Hands on the Freedom Plow demonstrate that the civil rights movement would have never gotten off the ground were it not for the activism of women like [Rosa] Parks and [Ella] Baker.”

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