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.
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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
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