Freedom Summer - The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy-logo

Freedom Summer - The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy

Bruce Watson

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. This remarkable chapter in American history, the basis for the controversial film Mississippi Burning, is now the subject of Bruce Watson's thoughtful and riveting historical narrative. 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, as well as the white Mississippians who would kill to protect a dying way of life. Few books have provided such an intimate look at race relations during the deadliest days of the civil rights movement.

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. This remarkable chapter in American history, the basis for the controversial film Mississippi Burning, is now the subject of Bruce Watson's thoughtful and riveting historical narrative. 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, as well as the white Mississippians who would kill to protect a dying way of life. Few books have provided such an intimate look at race relations during the deadliest days of the civil rights movement.
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Genres:

History

Description:

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. This remarkable chapter in American history, the basis for the controversial film Mississippi Burning, is now the subject of Bruce Watson's thoughtful and riveting historical narrative. 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, as well as the white Mississippians who would kill to protect a dying way of life. Few books have provided such an intimate look at race relations during the deadliest days of the civil rights movement.

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Drummond

Length:

14h 38m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Introduction
Introduction

04:44


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

01:37:07


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

53:37


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

01:03:41


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

01:20:34


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

01:14:52


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

01:51:33


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

01:07:17


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

01:09:11


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

01:02:27


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

01:13:38


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

45:18


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

01:13:44


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

00:25