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Publication Date: New York: Oxford University Press, 1988
In June 1964, over one thousand volunteers--most of them white, northern college students--arrived in Mississippi to register black voters and staff "freedom schools" as part of the Freedom Summer campaign organized by the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. Doug McAdam offers the first book to gauge the impact of Freedom Summer on the project volunteers. Tracking down hundreds of the original project applicants, and combining hard data with a wealth of personal recollections, he has produced a riveting portrait of the people, the events, and the era. The volunteers' encounters with white supremacist violence and their experiences with interracial relationships, communal living, and a more open sexuality led many of them to "climb aboard a political and cultural wave just as it was forming and beginning to wash forward." Many became activists in subsequent protests--including the antiwar movement and the feminist movement--and, most significantly, many of them have remained activists to this day.
Freedom Summer: The Savage Season that Made Mississippi Burn and Made America by Bruce Watson
Publication Date: New York: Viking, 2010
In the summer of 1964, with the civil rights movement stalled, seven hundred college students descended on Mississippi to register black voters, teach in Freedom Schools, and live in sharecroppers' shacks. But by the time their first night in the state had ended, three volunteers were dead, black churches had burned, and America had a new definition of freedom. Using in- depth interviews with participants and residents, Watson brilliantly captures the tottering legacy of Jim Crow in Mississippi and the chaos that brought such national figures as Martin Luther King Jr. and Pete Seeger to the state. Freedom Summer presents finely rendered portraits of the courageous black citizens-and Northern volunteers-who refused to be intimidated in their struggle for justice, and the white Mississippians who would kill to protect a dying way of life.
God's Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights by Charles Marsh
Publication Date: Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997.
Charles Marsh takes us back to the place and time of Freedom Summer, when the lives of activists on all sides of the civil rights issue converged and their images of God clashed. Marsh invites us to consider the civil rights movement anew, in terms of religion as a powerful yet protean force driving social action. The book's central figures are Fannie Lou Hamer, who "worked for Jesus" in civil rights activism; Sam Bowers, the Imperial Wizard of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Mississippi; William Douglas Hudgins, an influential white Baptist pastor and unofficial theologian of the "closed society"; Ed King, a white Methodist minister and Mississippi native who campaigned to integrate Protestant congregations; and Cleveland Sellers, a SNCC staff member turned black militant. Marsh focuses on the events and religious convictions that led each person into the political upheaval of 1964.
Freedom Summer: A Brief History with Documents by John Dittmer; Jeff Kolnick; Leslie Burl McLemore
Discover what took place in Mississippi during the Freedom Summer of 1964. Through speeches, letters, reports, and activist training documents, Freedom Summer traces the story of a grassroots voter registration movement, challenging the Jim Crow system of segregation which wove its way through communities in Mississippi.