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Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Readerby Michael Edmonds
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Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader documents the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, when SNCC and CORE workers and volunteers arrived in the Deep South to register voters and teach non-violence, and more than 60,000 black Mississippians risked everything to overturn a system that had brutally exploited them.
In the 44 original documents in this anthology, youand#8217;ll read their letters, eavesdrop on their meetings, shudder at their suffering, and admire their courage. Youand#8217;ll witness the final hours of three workers murdered on the projectand#8217;s first day, hear testimony by black residents who bravely stood up to police torture and Klan firebombs, and watch the liberal establishment betray them.and#160;
These vivid primary sources, collected by the Wisconsin Historical Society, provide both first-hand accounts of this astounding grassroots struggle as well as a broader understanding of the Civil Rights movement.
The selected documents are among the 25,000 pages about the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project in the archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society. The manuscripts were collected in the mid-1960s, at a time when few other institutions were interested in saving the stories of common people in McComb or Ruleville, Mississippi. Most have never been published before.
The anthology Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader documents the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, when SNCC and CORE workers and volunteers arrived in the Deep South to register voters and teach non-violence, and more than 60,000 black Mississippians risked everything to overturn a system that had brutally exploited them. If you learned that the civil rights movement was mainly about big names and bus seats, youand#8217;ll appreciate for the first time the astounding grassroots struggle that created unsung heroes all across the South.
About the Author
and#160;Michael Edmonds is Deputy Director of the Libraryand#150;Archives at the Wisconsin Historical Society and curator of its online collection of 25,000 historical documents about Freedom Summer. A 1976 graduate of Harvard University, he earned an MS degree at Simmons College in 1979 and taught part-time at the University of Wisconsinand#150;Madison. The author of several articles and books, Edmonds has won national awards from the American Folklore Society and the American Association for State and Local History.
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