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Sons of Mississippi: A Story of Race and Its…

Sons of Mississippi: A Story of Race and Its Legacy

by Paul Hendrickson

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Uses a photograph of a group of white lawmen gleefully anticipating the unrest expected in the wake of African-American student James Meredith's attempt to integrate the University of Mississippi in 1962 as the starting point for an investigation of the legacy of racism and hatred passed down from those seven men to their children and grandchildren.… (more)



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3551. Sons of Mississippi A Story of Race and Its Legacy, by Paul Hendrickson (read 26 Jan 2004) I was greatly taken up by Hendrickson's The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War when I read it on 26 July 1997, so I wanted to read this account of the aftermath to critical events in the civil rights struggle in Mississippi, the Emmet Till murder in 1955 and the riot occasioned by James Meredith's entry into the University of Mississippi in late Sept 1862. The book is themed by a picture of seven sheriffs (actually six sheriffs and one deputy sheriff) taken just before the riot, which appeared in Life, and the author has interviewed and tells much of the lives of those sheriffs, and of James Meredith and his son. Though Mississippi has erected a monument on Ole Miss' grounds commemorating the civil rights struggle, its voters overwhelmingly voted to keep the Confederate flag on its state flag, and there appears to be much nonacceptance of the today's climate among at least older Mississippians. This is a good book, but might have been more effective if it were more objective, albeit the author is on the side of the good guys. ( )
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