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Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi
     

Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi

by John Dittmer
 
In 1964, nearly a thousand volunteers went to Mississippi to work with veteran civil rights organizers and local people on various projects. The summer began with three Ku Klux Klan murders and ended with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic party's challenge to the state's segregationist delegation. This definitive analytical history--well-written and

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In 1964, nearly a thousand volunteers went to Mississippi to work with veteran civil rights organizers and local people on various projects. The summer began with three Ku Klux Klan murders and ended with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic party's challenge to the state's segregationist delegation. This definitive analytical history--well-written and well-researched--tells the dramatic story. Photos.

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John Mort
Superbly realized history of the civil rights struggle in Mississippi in the 1960s. Dittmer lays in the background by giving an account of postwar voting registration efforts and then the rising tide of hope and violence that followed "Brown" v. "Board of Education". Dittmer knows a number of the principals and has lived for many years in Mississippi; he is also a sure stylist. So his accounts of events such as the lynchings of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman move one to outrage all over again. He is not quite up-to-date on Byron De La Beckworth, convicted murderer of Medgar Evers, but perhaps that detail will be taken care of by press time.

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ISBN-13:
9780252021022
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
06/01/1994
Series:
Blacks in the New World Series
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.52(d)

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