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Read & Download Freedom Summer 104 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. Summer of 1964 I was sitting in my diapers sniffing the Topanga Canyon breezes and watching the snakes and tarantulas go by so I think I can be forgiven for not knowing what was going on in Mississippi If you ve seen the 1988 film Mississippi Burning you know about the three young men two white and one black who disappeared on the first night of Freedom Summer This book tells the rest of the story Hundreds of brave and idealistic college age kids left their safe white enclaves all over the country to converge on Mississippi They hoped to register black voters many of whom were not even aware they had the right to vote They also taught in Freedom Schools where black children could come and get a taste of what it was like to get excited about learning and be treated with the dignity they weren t allowed in the public schools These volunteers risked everything including their lives Mississippi wasn t just another state back then it was another country There was no real law there and it was a violent and dangerous place Four volunteers lost their lives and many others were beaten bombed threatened jailed and humiliated It took a long time for the seeds they sowed to bear fruit but when we elected a bi racial president 44 years later many of them felt like they d had a part in making that possible

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Read & Download Freedom Summer 104 Of 1964 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 h. I remember the summer of 1964 very well I watched most of it on the TV evening news where I gathered with fellow Peace Corps trainees in the evenings at Indiana University and for two weeks at Indiana State in Terra Haute We had classes all day history of Africa and Sierra Leone public health lectures phys ed Krio language etc etc It was really like going to summer school except that we all lived together in uonset huts left over from WWII and stuck together because we never had a free minute from 7 in the morning till 9 or 10 at nightBefore 1964 I had never been particularly tuned in to Civil Rights I don t even remember hearing about the murder of Emmit Till until many years later but 1964 was the summer when SNCC volunteers mostly college students from the north went to Mississippi to run Freedom Schools and help the blacks register to vote often having to convince them first that they deserved to take the same role as the whites in a democracy And it was the summer when 3 Civil Rights workers were murdered by a bunch 18 19 of racists and KKK members who got a backhoe and buried them under a dam being built It took all summer for the FBI to find informants who eventually led them to the bodies It was the summer when the country was really shocked to discover that white Mississippi would stoop to beatings and murder to preserve their way of life ie to keep blacks in their place It was also the summer where the Freedom Democrats tried unsuccessfully to get seated at the Democratic convention to supplement or replace the illegally chosen white Democrats And I felt twinges of guilt all summer I was going to Africa to help blacks and not going to Mississippi because I wanted to see the world other cultures etc When at the airport in NY a man laughed at us and said IF you want to help blacks I can just take you to Harlem and you can work there You don t have to go to Africa I felt another twinge I was tuned into JFK s Ask Not message but from the first tuned into the Peace Corps as the chance of a lifetime to see the world no one else saw in those days ordinary people who went abroad went to Europe and that s about allBruce Watson s book is a worthwhile read especially for those who don t know much about the Civil Rights movement and about this experiment by America s young liberals It will be an eye opener Although Watson slides into some purplish prose every once in awhile which I didn t mind because I shared his views this is an excellent history of Freedom Summer As well as profiling the leaders and providing an excellent overview of Mississippi history since the Civil War it focuses on four of the volunteers who they were why they joined what happened to them in Mississippi even where they are now The murder of Chaney Goodwin and Schwerner is a story that s told piece by piece since though the murder happened on the first day of Freedom Summer June 21st it reverberated through the whole period as the mystery of their disappearance was gradually unraveled in all its sordidness And in the end Mississippi refused to prosecute anyone and the only trial was when the Federal government brought suit for Civil Rights violations which the defendants laughed at And while that murder was undoubtedly the worst thing that happened during Freedom Summer it was certainly not the only violence Watson even tells the story of an insurance agent who defended the the work of Freedom Summer and as a result his business was ruined his family harassed and they were eventually forced to move out of the state Violence was meted out to blacks who dared to want to register as well as to the uppity Northerners Jews and Communists who presumed to challenge Mississippi ways and help them And if you wonder why Mississippi than any other southern state Watson tackles that uestion tooThe final chapters of the book focus on the impact of Freedom Summer particularly on the heart breaking defeat at the Democratic Convention A mealy mouth compromise was reached and Humbert Humphrey cried too when he proposed it Lyndon Johnson knew he couldn t seat the Freedom Democrats without taking the very great risk that Goldwater would be elected when the entire Southern delegation left the Democrats as they threatened He tasked Humphrey with seeing that the delegation wasn t seated Politics trumped conscience on that one But Watson also chronicles how Mississippi changed and changed relatively uickly after the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and after the awful publicity from Freedom Summer business and tourism were affected seriously Many citizens who had been afraid to speak out when the voices of hate ruled began to make themselves heard Mississippi with a majority of black citizens began to let blacks register and win some electionsNot all of the blowback from Freedom Summer was benign SNCC became increasingly divided over the issue of nonviolence Stokley Carmichael and others moved to black power and discouraged the participation of whites in Civil Rights issues Violence broke out in Northern cities proving that racist and bigotry were not exclusively Southern phenomena

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Read & Download Freedom Summer 104 Ave 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 AmericaRecreates the texture of that terrible yet rewarding summer with impressive verisimilitude Washington Post. Despite having already read a number of books about the degradations that the South and Mississippi in particular have inflicted upon the blacks after the Civil War I was terribly moved by this book In essence this book is about the summer of 1964 in which great efforts were made to allow the blacks of Mississippi to have the same rights of citizenship that white people enjoyed Rights that one would have thought they had obtained after being freed as slaves a century earlier I could talk at length about this book s contents but I ll limit it to just three of many reactions I had while reading it First the dynamics of the situation that this book covers are well related to that of the American troops that served in occupied Ira constantly dealing with the dangers of the insurgency Unfortunately for the freedom volunteers in Mississippi they had similar dangers but without all the weapons and body armor to protect them Second there is a dramatic element to the author s writing that at first bothered me This is a history and historians don t embellish the facts But then it occurred to me if one person is beaten to a pulp shot dead and chopped into pieces because another person regards the first person as no better than a mongrel dog does it really step over the line if the writer goes a step further and points out that this might be a bad thing And third I don t recall ever reading another book in which each time I picked it up to start reading further I found myself uickly awash in thoughts about a myriad of issues related to the story and my relationship to those issues It was like an internal book club discussion being reconvened every new time I started reading I had to stop myself and just read And as compelling as my inner thoughts were the new sections I would be reading were always even compelling Finally even though the book ends with better news about the subseuent state of race relations in Mississippi it was the day before I finished the book that CNN had a new story about black victims of hit and run accidents by whites and of incidents that the white authorities failed to investigate for over three years until CNN started pushing the matter The reaction from one of the county sheriffs could have been word for word from the sheriffs that abused the freedom volunteers so badly back in 1964


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    Read [ Freedom Summer epub ] ☆ Bruce Watson Ask just about anyone on the street about the Civil Rights Movement and you'll get the same answer from probably everyone the same names will be dropped JFK King Rosa Parks Malcolm X It's a short list and an incredibly incomplete one Bruce Watson introduces the reader to hundreds of heroes we've never met; volunteers working in Mississippi in the summer of 1964 alongside Fannie Lou Hamer Bob Moses Stokely Carmi

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  • Paperback
  • 369
  • Freedom Summer
  • Bruce Watson
  • English
  • 04 July 2020
  • 9780143119432