The Freedom Summer Murders

The Freedom Summer Murders

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 1338115898

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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.

The Freedom Summer Murders is the first book for young people to take 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.





















train and took Chapel off into the woods. He was never seen again. All that was found of him weeks after the abduction were his watch and his bloodied shirt next to the Chickasawhay River south of Quitman, Mississippi. By that time, Chapel’s widow had sold the farm to the angry, envious white neighbor for far less than it was worth. If she hadn’t, she knew that she, too, would have “come up missing.” James Chapel’s abduction and murder was another reminder about the risks of being black in

rights movement. In his application to CORE, Mickey articulated his commitment: I am now so thoroughly identified with the civil rights struggle, that I have an emotional need to offer my services in the South. As a social worker I have dedicated my life to social ills; however, my profession, except in isolated instances, as yet has not become directly involved in the most devastating social disease at the present time — discrimination. I also feel that the Negro in the South has an even more

where the black residents would hold dances. It was not uncommon when a dance was being held for Rainey and Price to enter, with the apparent objective of intimidating the participants. “The music and everything would stop when they came in. And they’d just look; they had their flashlights and they would just look around and look around. And as soon as they walked out the door, the music would start again” and the dance would resume. Sheriff Rainey also imposed a curfew requiring blacks to be off

his mother died, he withdrew from Harvard and remained in New York City to look after his ailing father. Moses went on to teach mathematics to high school students at New York City’s prestigious Horace Mann School. Bob Moses was galvanized by images in the press of the student sit-ins sweeping the country in an effort to fight segregation. Seeing the determined student protesters was a revelation to the young teacher. “Before the Negro in the South had always looked on the defensive, cringing.

Division: Ch. 5 Image 10, Ch. 5 Image 11; Newseum/Ted Polumbaum: Ch. 5 Image 9; Patti Miller/Keeping History Alive: Ch. 1 Image 3, Ch. 4 Image 2; Redux/Keith Meyers/The New York Times: Ch. 3 Image 2; The Image Works: Ch. 6 Image 4 (George Ballis), Epigraph Image 2, Prologue Image 1, Introduction Image 2, Ch. 1 Image 4 (Matt Herron).Copyright � 2014 by Don Mitchell All rights reserved. Published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., Publishers since 1920. SCHOLASTIC, SCHOLASTIC

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