The Freedom Summer Murders

The Freedom Summer Murders

Book - 2014
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In June of 1964, three idealistic young men (one black and two white) were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. They were trying to register African Americans to vote as part of the Freedom Summer effort to bring democracy to the South. Their disappearance and murder caused a national uproar and was one of the most significant incidents of the Civil Rights Movement, and contributed to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Mitchell takes a comprehensive look at the brutal murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, through to the conviction in 2005 of mastermind Edgar Ray Killen.
Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the Freedom Summer murders, traces the events surrounding the KKK lynching of three young civil rights activists who were trying to register African Americans for the vote.
Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Press,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780545477253
0545477255
Branch Call Number: YA 323.1196 Mitchell 08/2014
Characteristics: 250 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm

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Dzao
Mar 29, 2017

This book did a great job telling the story of the three men that died during Freedom Summer. Everything was well written, and despite being slow at times it was still very interesting to read. It provides great context around the story and illustrates the injustices during the civil rights movement. Not only do you learn the story about what happened during Freedom Summer, but also the people behind the project and the people behind the crime. I would recommend this if you are interested in history or the civil rights movement.

Cleveland Youth Services Recommends Jul 13, 2014

Celebrating 50 years of Freedom Summer in 1964. This book is a MUST for anyone not familiar with this tragic murder of the three civil rights workers in Mississippi. Although it is written for children, it does not sugar coat anything. This is a piece of American History that should never be forgotten.

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