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Ghosts of Greenwood: Dispatches from Freedom Summer (Kindle Single)
It was called Freedom Summer, and they came to Mississippi by the hundreds, white and black, young and old. Their aim was elemental: secure the right to vote for blacks in the state. The hurdle they’d face would be daunting. Follow a reporter as she journeys to Mississippi and encounters the echoes of family and the struggle for civil rights.
Kindle Edition, 22 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by ProPublica
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A deeply personal and insightful look from one family - a glimpse of Jim Crow era as Freedom Summer took place, the daily prices paid for civil rights, and how the area has...changed. The fear and violence that families endured (and still do on many levels) most of us could never fathom. The book is short, but effective. In my opinion, a mandatory read for high school children.
This was a nice follow-up to Freedom Summer. Part memoir, part family history it was brief and personal and felt like a transcript of vital oral history, like saving the recollections of a WWII vet. It emphasized elements of the previous book: how much grief was endured for what seems like so little progress at the time, how LBJ seems to have risen to the occasion, and the challenge to the establishment of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP).
Nikole Hannah-Jones is an American investigative journalist known for her coverage of civil rights in the United States. In April 2015, she became a staff writer for The New York Times.