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Author Ruehl, Kim, author.

Title A singing army : Zilphia Horton and the Highlander Folk School / Kim Ruehl
Edition First edition
Published Austin : University of Texas Press, 2021


Description 1 online resource (299 pages) : illustrations
Series Louann Atkins Temple women & culture series
Louann Atkins Temple women & culture series.
Contents A long line of strong women -- Growth and exploration -- A rift -- Everything new -- New in town -- Class and privilege -- New York City -- Digging roots -- Conflict and war -- No More Mourning -- We Will Overcome -- Getting out of town -- Changing direction -- Trauma -- Lunging toward civil rights -- Chicago -- Contempt and Johns Island -- Sustainability -- Rosa Parks and the end of the line -- A small, regrettable mistake
Summary "Zilphia Horton was a pioneer of cultural organizing, an activist and musician who taught people how to use the arts as a tool for social change, and a catalyst for anthems of empowerment such as "We Shall Overcome" and "We Shall Not Be Moved." Her contributions to the Highlander Folk School, a pivotal center of the labor and civil rights movements in the mid-twentieth century, and her work creating the songbook of the labor movement influenced countless figures, from Woody Guthrie to Eleanor Roosevelt to Rosa Parks. Despite her outsized impact, Horton's story has seldom been told. A Singing Army introduces this overlooked figure to the world. Drawing on extensive archival, oral history research, and numerous interviews with Horton's family and friends, Kim Ruehl chronicles her life from childhood in Arkansas coal country, through her formative travels and friendship with radical Presbyterian minister Claude C. Williams, and into her instrumental work in desegregation and fostering the music of the civil rights era. Revealing these experiences--as well as her unconventional marriage and controversial death by poisoning--A Singing Army tells the story of an all-but-forgotten woman who inspired thousands of working-class people to stand up and sing for freedom and equality"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on September 15, 2023)
Subject Horton, Zilphia, 1910-1956.
SUBJECT Horton, Zilphia, 1910-1956 fast
Subject Highlander Folk School (Monteagle, Tenn.) -- History
SUBJECT Highlander Folk School (Monteagle, Tenn.) fast
Subject Women civil rights workers -- United States -- Biography
Women musicians -- United States -- Biography
Protest songs -- United States -- History
Biography & Autobiography / Political.
Biography & Autobiography / Music.
History / United States / 20th Century.
Protest songs
Women civil rights workers
Women musicians
United States
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020008829
ISBN 9781477321560
Other Titles Zilphia Horton and the Highlander Folk School