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Trauma Redeemed: The Narrative Construction of Social Violence Kim Lacy Rogers

In this chapter, I examine the oral narratives of five African-American women and men who were active in the civil rights movement in the deep south in the 1960s. At various times in their 5 years with the movement in New Orleans and rural Louisiana and Mississippi, these individuals experienced terrorism and violence from segregationist Whites, and some suffered from battle fatigue due to continual exposures to danger and loss (Carson, 1981; Rogers, 1993). Mid-life interviews with seven former members of New Orleans' chapter of the pacifist, interracial Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and two of their lawyers-known collectively in New Orleans as the CORE family-illustrate the incorporation of collective and individual trauma into mature personal narratives.