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Ghosts of Mississippi: The Murder of Medgar Evers, the Trials of Byron De LA Beckwith, and the Haunting of the New South
The civil rights movement was just beginning to catch fire in Mississippi on the night in 1963 when white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith crouched in the honeysuckle across the street from NAACP leader Medgar Evers's house and shot him in the back. Three trials and thirty years later, a jury convicted Beckwith of murder and sent him to prison for life, finally concluding ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published February 23rd 1984 by Little, Brown & Company
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Thoroughly researched and engaging book about Medgar Evers and his killer, Byron de la Beckwith. We start off learning about Beckwith's background, interwoven with chapters about Evers, his brother, wife, and children, and the night he was killed. Beckwith, also called "Delay" was tried twice in the 1960's and both times was not convicted due to hung juries. Finally, in the late 1990's, he was tried again, and even though many of the original witnesses were dead, their testimonies were read at t ...more
a historical MUST READ for those who have ever spent any time in mississippi. however, it is a bit dry at times. it helped explain the problems of current day mississippi and how it differs from its neighbors. the history of mississippi is fascinating, dark, mysterious, and intense. this helped contextualize the on-going struggles the state has with its racial, socioeconomic and religious identities.
The only way to ever really get into what happened is to read what hasn't been written and talk to the people who cannot speak. There is a big hole in the shared experience thing when the experience is so very rooted in the actual shared history of so many people that just want to mess it up.
To call this book amazing doesn't do it justice. I read this book 15 years ago and can remember it vividly. Ms. Vollers wrote a book which gave a heart-wrenching account of the death of Medgar Evers and unbelievably ridiculous difficulties in getting justice for the death of this fascinating man.