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Freedom Summer

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Freedom Summer is a richly detailed account of a young white woman who participated in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's summer project in Mississippi in 1964. The text covers one intense summer from the basic training session in June to the Democratic Convention in August.
Paperback, 246 pages
Published September 29th 1990 by University of Virginia Press (first published July 28th 1965)
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Jul 17, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
If you want to get a sense of what it was like to be a white volunteer in Mississippi during the "Freedom Summer" of 1964, this is one of the best ways to do it. Sally Belfrage must have gone to Mississippi with the intention of compiling material for this book as well as working for first class citizenship for black Americans because it is full of eye-witness details that must have come from her journal. And, originally published in 1965, it must have been one of the first books published on th ...more
Oct 01, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
This is an "on the ground" account of the summer of '64 in Mississippi as experienced by one of the Freedom Party volunteers. Although Belfrage is white and northern, she has a very humble understanding of what her small role was in the civil rights movement. The book sometimes reads like a very well-written journal. Interestingly, i found my friend's father's name mentioned several times, (another volunteer.)
Sep 14, 2013 Emma rated it it was amazing
This book is very special to me because it gives me insight into a life my father lived before me. It solidifies his role as hero, not only in my life, but in so many others.

It's also just a great read, a peep hole into an era that still lingers in modern day racism and class warfare, but it leaves the reader with hope, and without hope we're truly fucked.
Jan 25, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it
This is an important record of the author's volunteer experience enforcing civil rights in Mississippi in the summer of 1964. Unfortunately it's written too poorly for many people to stick with it. Her thoughts ramble without direction. A simple outline would have helped a lot. Horribly, some of the voter registration suppression tactics sound too like what happened in the 2012 election. The accounts of trumped-up charges to arrest black people are so ludicrous that they would be comical if they ...more
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