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Soon they will be available to researchers at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. Those that we have included in this project focus on an important chapter of her year in Mississippi--her co-authorship of the "Waveland Memo," a challenge to their experience of sex discrimination from women in SNCC.
Elaine Delott Baker was one of about a thousand northern students (90 percent of them white) who went to Mississippi in the "Freedom Summer" of 1964.(See headnotes to Documents 22 and 27) De Lott grew up the youngest of three sisters in a working-class Jewish family in Winthrop, Massachusetts, north of Boston.Three of her four grandparents were from Eastern Europe.Breines considers the memo a white project, but, more interested in race relations than the memo itself, she does not examine the parallel forms of gendered protest arising at the time when the memo was written. Here we argue that the common ground of sex discrimination experienced by Black women and white women in SNCC led both groups to protest, but in different ways: SNCC culture opened opportunities for Black women to protest directly and channeled white women's protest into what became the Waveland memo.
This Introduction has six parts, each of which brings a different perspective to the assembled documents.
But, dissatisfied with Zionism as a political project, she ended her affiliation with it upon her return home. At Harvard-Radcliffe, Elaine studied social relations, philosophy and race relations. (See Documents 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10).