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Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy
 
 
Author
Bruce Watson.
Publisher Viking  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780670021703
Pages/Publication Date 369/2010
Daedalus Item Code 31226
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In the summer of 1964, hundreds of white and black college students descended on Mississippi to register black voters, teach in Freedom Schools, and live in sharecroppers' shacks. But by the time their first night in the state had ended, three volunteers—Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and James Chaney—were dead, black churches had burned, and America began to understand how deeply racism was institutionalized in the state. Combining a political overview with dozens of personal, often harrowing accounts, the author of the Edgar-nominated Sacco and Vanzetti "re-creates the texture of that terrible yet rewarding summer with impressive verisimilitude" (Washington Post).

"In this mesmerizing history, [Bruce] Watson revisits the blistering summer of 1964 when about 700 volunteers arrived in Mississippi to agitate for civil rights and endured horrific harassment, intimidation, and persecution from racist state and private forces.... Watson's dramatic center belongs to four ordinary volunteers, whose experiences he portrays with resonant detail."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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