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

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

by Bruce Watson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143119432
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 310,037
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

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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Freedom Summer 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
allthesedarnbooks on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is a good book on a very interesting topic. Watson chronicles the summer of 1964, "Freedom Summer," when hundreds of (mostly white) college students journeyed to Mississippi to join up with local black civil rights workers, in an effort to change Mississippi's Jim Crow voting laws. They were met with distrust, hatred, violence of all stripes, and even murder, from the local whites. This is an important, engrossing story. I'm not always sure about Watson's tone, as he has a flare for the melodramatic, and the truth is dramatic enough, especially as told in quotes from those who were there, without extra rhetorical flourishes. The organization of his narrative is sometimes jumbled, as well. While those few stylistic problems keep the book from being "perfect," it is nonetheless a great read, chronicling a time that seems impossibly far away, but was only half a century away from today. Recommended. Four stars.
RSFox on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Excellent both as history and as a gripping story. It is remarkable how many current House and Senate member took part... yet appear to have forgotten the lessons learned.
shannonkearns on LibraryThing 11 months ago
There is a lot to like about this book. The stories are interesting and compelling (although the narrative structure was sometimes muddy and confusing). I was very interested to read about this chapter in American history that I hadn't been aware of before. I was shocked to realize how recently these things happened, and also to realize that in some cases, attempts at bringing violent perpetrators to justice are still being carried out.This book raised a lot of questions for me about organizing, power and privilege, and the silence of a nation. It was disheartening to read about all of the dirty politics that were used to keep people from participating in "democracy". This is a book that doesn't provide easy answers and the lives within the ambiguity of the movement and it's aftermath. It's an important book.
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Felt like i was reading a novel
Cody Crumb More than 1 year ago