Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi

Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi

by Susan Goldman Rubin


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Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin

In 1964, Mississippi civil rights groups banded together to fight Jim Crow laws in a state where only 6.4 percent of eligible black voters were registered. Testing a bold new strategy, they recruited students from across the United States. That summer these young volunteers defied segregation by living with local black hosts, opening Freedom Schools to educate disenfranchised adults and their children, and canvassing door-to-door to register voters. Everyone involved knew there would be risks but were nonetheless shocked when three civil rights workers disappeared and were soon presumed murdered. The organizers' worst fears were realized as volunteers, local activists, and hosts faced terror on a daily basis. Yet by the middle of August, incredible strides had been made in spite of the vicious intimidation. The summer unleashed an unstoppable wave of determination from black Mississippians to demand their rights and helped bring about a new political order in the American South. Fifty years after this landmark civil rights project in Mississippi, an award-winning author offers a riveting account of events that stunned the nation. Includes over 75 photographs, drawings, original documents, a timeline, source notes, bibliography, maps, and an index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823435579
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 01/30/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,206,171
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Susan Goldman Rubin is the award-winning author of Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin,which was a Sydney Taylor Award Honor Book, a SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Book, and a Booklist Top Ten Art Book for Youth. Her other books include a collaboration with Ela Weissberger, The Cat with the Yellow Star: Coming of Age in Terezin, and ALA Notable Children's Book. She lives in Malibu, California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 June 1964 3

Chapter 2 June 20, 1964 10

Chapter 3 June 21, 1964, afternoon 15

Chapter 4 June 22, 1964, early morning 21

Chapter 5 June 22, 1964 24

Chapter 6 June 24, 1964 30

Chapter 7 June 25, 1964 34

Chapter 8 End of June 1964 37

Chapter 9 June 29, 1964 45

Chapter 10 Early July 1964 49

Chapter 11 July and early August 1964 58

Chapter 12 August 7, 1964 63

Chapter 13 August 10, 1964 67

Chapter 14 Mid-August 1964 73

Chapter 15 August 16, 1964 81

Chapter 16 Late August 1964 91

Chapter 17 Aftermath 96

The Story Continues… 99

Where to See More and Learn More About Freedom Summer 100

Time Line 101

Appendixes of Original Documents 104

Source Notes 109

Bibliography and Other Research 114

Picture Credits 116

Index 117

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Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
An excellent resource about the summer of 1964, those sticky-hot months when civil rights came to a boiling point in Mississippi.  The book’s introduction and first chapter give information about Fannie Lou Hamer, a native of the Mississippi Delta who had tried to register to vote but was  twice denied and Andrew Goodman, a white 20-year old  man who volunteered to assist in registering blacks to vote, becoming part of the Freedom Summer.  Less than a week after leaving home, Andrew Goodman was dead.   Rubin chronologically tells of the dangers faced by the brave volunteers, the viciousness of some white Southerners as they attempted to stop the Freedom Summer workers, and the courage displayed by those workers as they strove to show that all Americans deserved the right to vote.   She ends the book by coming back to Mrs. Hamer and Andrew Goodman, one surviving that summer and carrying out the goal of registering new voters and one murdered for attempting to do the same.  Numerous black and white photos depict many facets of the movement including  Mrs. Hamer in a citizenship class, Mississippians filling out a voter registration card for the first time,  and a child completing a project at a Freedom School.  Details in the photos are not to be missed, from the concentration on that school child's face to the look of hate on the face of a sheriff chasing a photographer.  Includes maps, superb illustrations, and a timeline.  Pair with The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell.