Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy

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A riveting account of one of the most remarkable episodes in American history.

In his critically acclaimed history Freedom Summer, award- winning author Bruce Watson presents powerful testimony about a crucial episode in the American civil rights movement. During the sweltering summer of 1964, more than seven hundred American college students descended upon segregated, reactionary Mississippi to register black voters and educate black children. On the night of their arrival, the...

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Overview

A riveting account of one of the most remarkable episodes in American history.

In his critically acclaimed history Freedom Summer, award- winning author Bruce Watson presents powerful testimony about a crucial episode in the American civil rights movement. During the sweltering summer of 1964, more than seven hundred American college students descended upon segregated, reactionary Mississippi to register black voters and educate black children. On the night of their arrival, the worst fears of a race-torn nation were realized when three young men disappeared, thought to have been murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. Taking readers into the heart of these remarkable months, Freedom Summer shines new light on a critical moment of nascent change in America.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143119432
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 5/31/2011
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 121,486
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Watson is an award-winning journalist whose articles have been published in Smithsonian, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Examiner, Yankee Magazine, and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2003.

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Table of Contents

Book 1 Crossroads 3

Prologue 5

Chapter 1 "There Is a Moral Wave Building" 15

Chapter 2 "Not Even Past" 38

Chapter 3 Freedom Street 56

Chapter 4 "The Decisive Battlefield for America" 77

Chapter 5 "It Is Sure Enough Changing" 105

Chapter 6 "The Scars of the System" 129

Interlude: "Another So-Called 'Freedom Day'" 152

Book 2 A Bloody Peace Written in the Sky 167

Chapter 7 "Walk Together, Children" 169

Chapter 8 "The Summer of Our Discontent" 191

Chapter 9 "Lay by Time" 215

Chapter 10 "The Stuff Democracy Is Made Of" 237

Chapter 11 "Give unto Them Beauty for Ashes" 262

Epilogue 277

Acknowledgments 301

Notes 303

Bibliography 341

Index 353

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Gripping Account of Key Event in Civil Rights Movement

    The book is a fascinating insight into a key moment in the Civil Rights movement. When young men and women bravely traveled to Mississippi in 1964 to help African Americans register to vote in what became known as Freedom Summer. The most infamous incident of the period was the brutal assassination of three Civil Rights workers by the KKK in the town of Philadelphia. What makes this book especially gripping and worth reading in that the author was able to convince many volunteers to share their experiences, in some cases for the first time, of what they experienced. Thus, giving the reader a look behind the scenes at the hardship and extreme danger endured on a daily basis. I would definitely put this book on a must read list for anyone wanting to learn more about this period and am appreciative of their willingness to talk with the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Well written

    Felt like i was reading a novel

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