In the summer of 1964, hundreds of college students from all over America descended on Mississippi to help register black voters, teach in the so-called "freedom" schools and live in sharecropper's shacks. Within days, three volunteers had been murdered, black churches had been burned and a nation's anger had been aroused. This remarkable chapter in American history is the subject of Bruce Watson's riveting new history, Freedom Summer: The Savage Summer That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy. Watson is a prize-winning journalist and author (Sacco and Vanzetti) who has made splendid use of first-hand interviews and sources to craft his book. It's a searing account that brilliantly captures the moment when Jim Crow laws began to succumb to the pressures of the struggle for racial justice. It happened 46 years ago, but Watson's book brings it back to vivid memory. We urge you not to miss this event. The author will be signing copies of his book after his talk. (jasbro)
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