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Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 10, 2010
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Watson wasn't there, that hot, hot Mississippi summer; he really wasn't. But the reader of his "Freedom Summer" wouldn't know that, as they are transported in his narrative to that time and place.
As I read Watson, it was, for me, mostly a poignant and painful reminder of my past, as he narrates my 1964 summer. I was there, and he will put you there, with me, as social forces transform the cultural landscape -- not just in Mississippi, but the very consciousness of the nation. "Freedom Summer" is that good.
In a most compelling manner, Watson describes the hundreds of civil rights activists as they arrive in Mississippi, having no real idea as to the world they were entering, settling into towns and communities throughout the state. He puts the reader into the lives of the activists, as they help invigorate and support the black population to register to vote; as they are all spit upon, cursed, beaten, jailed, terrorized, and killed.
In addition to the terror, Watson describes, in an equally compelling manner, the forever-kindled hope and commitment of both the outsider civil rights workers and the local black communities. One small victory after another, and another, he describes the joy of the movement from within.
As in insider of that Freedom Summer, I know that Watson's description is more than fair. It is an accurate depiction of that time and place; as accurate a description as I have known. It will become an important contribution to the history of civil rights.
Watson gives his tale luminous specificity by threading it through the experiences of four particular volunteers. We find out why they came to Mississippi, what they were thinking and feeling as they were either teaching in a freedom school or canvassing door-to-door for voter registrants, and how their Freedom Summer experience impacted their lives thereafter.Read more ›
Mississippi was filled with domestic terrorists with names such as Rainey, Price, Killen, Roberts, and several others who would stop at nothing, including murder, to preserve their bigoted way of life. Judges and juries were such that justice was a farce in regard to matters regarding civil rights. Even though he masterminded the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, Edgar Ray Killen enjoyed several years of freedom because one of the jurors in his trial stated she could "never convict a preacher." You have to wonder why she was on the jury in the first place with that attitude. Several others eventually got off with light sentences several years later with some of them still out and about.
These volunteers literally took their lives in their hands to correct the indignities that were taking place in the police state that was Mississippi.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book that taught me a tremendous amount about the personalities and tiny operational details that made up Freedom Summer — those, and the courageous idealistic... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lucy Ke
Freedom Summer is a profoundly moving account of the civil rights movement of 1964 in Mississippi and the impact of that movement on national politics and the lives of those who... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Howard Lisnoff
Summer 1964, Mississippi, the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee [SNCC] organized the Freedom Project. Read morePublished 6 months ago by gerardpeter
I really like this book because Watson really explores the history leading up to the Civil Rights Movement. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael C
Riveting. I didn't want to put it down. Watson has created a gripping narrative that takes you deep into Mississippi and the psyche of players on all sides of the Freedom Summer... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sunday Cummins
This book was hard to read at times, but it faithfully describes the summer of 1964 when the Civil Rights movement came to a head and the face of American culture and the movement... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kaitlyn Hill
Overall, the book was excellent. I am interested in slavery, civil rights, etc., but I stress I am only a reader. Read morePublished 13 months ago by foolish
Gives a great insight to a period in America that paved the way to new freedoms and acceptance,brought back a time of great challenges to America and the segregation lawsPublished 14 months ago by Louis M. Torres