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The Resource Like a holy crusade : Mississippi, 1964--the turning of the civil rights movement in America, Nicolaus Mills

Like a holy crusade : Mississippi, 1964--the turning of the civil rights movement in America, Nicolaus Mills

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Like a holy crusade : Mississippi, 1964--the turning of the civil rights movement in America
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Like a holy crusade
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Mississippi, 1964--the turning of the civil rights movement in America
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Nicolaus Mills
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eng
Summary
  • The idea behind the Mississippi Summer Project of 1964 was as simple as it was daring. In a dramatic initiative of the civil rights movement, a thousand volunteers - most of them Northern white college students - were recruited to come south that summer to help "break" Mississippi and secure voting rights for its black citizens. Nicolaus Mills traces the history of that Mississippi summer, from its origins to its aftermath, and shows in detail how its consequences involved not only great victories but also violence (the murders of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman, among other events) and disillusion
  • We remember the Kennedy men of the 1960s as "the best and the brightest"; we celebrate the Mercury astronauts for having "the right stuff." But, Mills writes, if anyone in the 1960s earned the right to be called heroes it was the men and women who risked their lives to carry out the Mississippi Summer Project. That summer took a terrible toll on staff, volunteers, and, above all, those black families who opened their homes to the movement. In the face of danger, courage was everywhere
  • The Summer Project focused the nation's attention on Mississippi and helped bring about the passage of important civil rights legislation. But Mills also argues persuasively that its noble quest for racial solidarity ultimately turned bitter and divisive. Tensions between staff and volunteers, held in check for most of the summer, surfaced when the Democratic party rejected the Mississippi Freedom Democrats at the 1964 national convention. In the disappointment that followed, the gains of the summer were forgotten and the stage set for Black Power, taking blacks and whites their separate ways. Relations between the races took a crucial turning which continues powerfully to influence our politics and social well-being today. At a time of racial gridlock, Nicolaus Mills's compelling picture of the Summer Project as the good war of the 1960s helps to explain our current unrest while reminding us of what together we are capable of as a nation
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Traces the history of the Mississippi Summer Project, describing its origins, the experiences of the participants, the aftermath, the triumphs, and the failures
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214627
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Mills, Nicolaus
Dewey number
305.896/0730762
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • African Americans
  • Civil rights movements
  • Mississippi
  • United States
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adult
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Mississippi 1964--the turning of the civil rights movement in America
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Like a holy crusade : Mississippi, 1964--the turning of the civil rights movement in America, Nicolaus Mills
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 196-216) and index
Control code
000008967674
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
222 p.
Isbn
9780929587967
Isbn Type
(acidfree paper) :
Lccn
92013846
Label
Like a holy crusade : Mississippi, 1964--the turning of the civil rights movement in America, Nicolaus Mills
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 196-216) and index
Control code
000008967674
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
222 p.
Isbn
9780929587967
Isbn Type
(acidfree paper) :
Lccn
92013846

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