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Watson, Bruce, 1953-
Freedom summer : the savage season that made Mississippi burn and made America a democracy / Bruce Watson
New York : Viking, c2010
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 3rd Floor  E185.93.M6 W285 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) African Americans -- Civil rights -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century
African Americans -- Suffrage -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century
Civil rights movements -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century
Civil rights workers -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century
Subject Mississippi -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century
Physical Description 369 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [341]-351) and index
Contents "There is a moral wave building" -- "Not even past" -- Freedom street -- "The decisive battlefield for America" -- "It is sure enough changing" -- "The scars of the system" -- "Another so-called 'freedom day'" -- "Walk together, children" -- "The summer of our discontent" -- "Lay by time" -- "The stuff democracy is made of" -- "Give unto them beauty for ashes"
Summary Using in-depth interviews with participants and residents, Watson brilliantly captures the tottering legacy of Jim Crow in Mississippi, while vividly portraying: the chaos that brought such national figures as Martin Luther King Jr. and Pete Seeger to the state, the courageous black citizens and Northern volunteers who refused to be intimidated in their struggle for justice, and the white Mississippians who would kill to protect a dying way of life

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