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Letters from Mississippi

by Elizabeth Martínez

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I found this in a used bookstore in Louisville, Kentucky, where I grew up. It consists of letters written to friends and family by white student volunteers who traveled to Mississippi during the "Freedom Summer" of 1965 to support the drive for voter registration by African Americans.

The letters give a visceral sense of what it was like to plunge from the position of privileged and safe lives into the Civil Rights struggle. Reading the students' accounts of violence, intimidation, and disregard for the law makes the era immediate in a way that a formal history cannot. For a moment you feel what it is like to *live* history, to be in the midst of momentous events and not know what the outcome will be. And to fear for your life in very real and practical terms.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in personal accounts of one moment in the Civil Rights movement. But I also want to emphasize that "Letters from Mississippi" only provides perspectives from whites. People who -- however passionately devoted to the cause -- are outsiders facing the brutal effects of racism for a few weeks. You'll need to turn to other books for the perspective of African Americans for whom the "Freedom Summer" was not just a three-month journey into a world of hatred, but a lifetime struggle. The book was tattered and clearly much read by the time I purchased it. I often wonder who turned the pages before me and what they thought as they read these letters. ( )
  ElizabethChapman | Oct 31, 2009 |
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Letters from Mississippi gives us a deeply personal look at one of the Civil Rights Movement’s key moments—and reminds us that change happens because regular people have decided they were willing to fight for it.”—Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund

This expanded edition includes over forty pages of poetry by students in the Freedom Schools of 1964, adding the lively voices of local participants, mostly teenagers, to those of the volunteers from the North. The new edition also includes an additional dozen biographies, resulting in a wider resource for scholarship and for a general understanding of this critical moment in civil rights history.

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"Tenerorum lusor amorum è il titolo che Ovidio scelse per se stesso, prendendo congedo dai lettori nell'autobiografia poetica dettata dall'esilio, a suggello dell'intera sua opera. Una definizione che raccomandava al pubblico e alla posterità di riconoscere il ruolo di poeta dell'amore come quello che più gli appartiene all'interno del sistema letterario latino. Eppure, come ben documenta questo volume, la sua è una carriera poetica tra le più ricche e variegate che un poeta latino possa sperare. Ovidio si misurerà con successo in generi diversi, sempre rinnovando forme e contenuti di quelli ormai consolidati e soprattutto tentando sperimentazioni nuove, sempre più ambiziose: un impegnativo calendario elegiaco, che segue il dipanarsi del tempo religioso e civile della comunità romana, illustrando le origini mitiche o storiche di singole ricorrenze, nomi, modalità rituali; e soprattutto le Metamorfosi, il grande poema narrativo in metro eroico, che racconta storie di trasformazione dall'origine del mondo fino alla contemporaneità, coniugando la continuità narrativa del poema epico con la discontinuità del poema catalogico esiodeo ed ellenistico"--P. 11.… (more)

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