Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
James Meredith and the Ol... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Good
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

James Meredith and the Ole Miss Riot: A Soldier's Story Hardcover – August 1, 2012

4.7 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$26.00
$18.48 $10.96

Popular & highly-rated in Biographies & Memoirs
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
$26.00 FREE Shipping. Only 3 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • James Meredith and the Ole Miss Riot: A Soldier's Story
  • +
  • An American Insurrection: James Meredith and the Battle of Oxford, Mississippi, 1962
  • +
  • A Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America
Total price: $66.01
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

“Henry Gallagher has given us a valuable new perspective on the 1962 Ole Miss crisis―an extraordinary tale of how men, unrelated to the drama yet committed to duty, found their way to Oxford to help break the siege at the Lyceum and to provide protection for the school’s first black student.”





―Curtis Wilkie, author of The Fall of the House of Zeus

“An army unit sent to quell a riot with all they need but a map to find the place, so a rookie lieutenant kidnaps a Navy seaman to guide them―it reads like fiction, but it’s all true, and Henry Gallagher tells it as only someone who was part of it could. A well-researched and fascinating new take on one of the turning points in the civil rights movement which makes for a very good read.”





― Bob Schieffer, CBS News

“Henry Gallagher was one of the key players in an astonishing moment in U.S. history. . . . In this electrifying narrative, he gives us a vivid glimpse of the courage of a brother American soldier, the remarkable crusader James Meredith.”





―William Doyle, author of An American Insurrection

From the Inside Flap

A first-person account of the turbulent times of the Oxford riot by a solider who guarded James Meredith when he integrated Ole Miss
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617036536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617036538
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #792,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
I lived through the time Henry Gallagher writes about in James Meredith and The Ole Miss Riot. For us, 150 miles south in Jackson, the story ended when Meredith enrolled and Oxford was made peaceful by federal troops. Governor Ross Barnett flew the flag at half-staff to protest this invasion of our state.
Gallagher writes a soldier's story (his sub-title) from a very different point of view. What was it like to be one of those federal soldiers, sent to occupy a town and a university in your own country? He tells it like a military man--"Camp Drum, New York, Summer 1962"--and takes the reader through the events before, during and after the invasion.
Gallagher was from Minnesota; he served in an integrated Army, and he had never experienced the racial tension he found in Oxford--the open hatred in the eyes of pretty coeds, or the hateful language of fraternity boys.
He was made chief of the military guard that protected James Meredith that first semester, following him in a jeep from class to class, until Meredith complained, then devising clever ways to keep him in sight while appearing not to--involving apparently malingering soldiers and broken vehicles.
Gallagher tells the story with the wonder and confusion he felt at the time. He lets you see the integrity of an army unit--sent by the President to do a job, and bringing a village with them. He was one man in a unit that set up and efficiently implemented an assignment--strangers in a small southern town.
I was glad they were there.
Read A Soldier's Story. It's one not many of us in Mississippi knew.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you did not happen to spend time in America's Deep South in the early sixties, you will find this book eye-opening. Few of us who grew up in the north (I'm from MN) had any idea what the "Southern Way" was about. I was in the Navy in FL, 1959-61, but had little time to spend with the locals. We were not part of their community, thus we did not understand the racial high ground business. We simply abided by the rules of segregation. No questions asked.

And that's of great importance in this book: The shock at finding out what we did NOT know. The author's vivid, memorable descriptions are provoking and will make many of you think back to your personal knowledge, or lack of it. Quite simply, our Yankee perceptions of The South were not correct. Discrimination was a fact of life; a great number of our fellow Americans did NOT believe that blacks were morally equal, so they should not be allowed to seek education as they wished. To have that reality slammed on a jeep full of Yankees one dark night in Oxford MS was extreme. The confusion, doubt, nagging questions of "the need" to be there and, of course, personal concerns: "Am I gonna get shot at? Am I gonna be too scared to do things right? Will I, do I dare, confront another American, etc.) are described flawlessly by the author.

Mr. Gallagher's ability to spin the "yarn", from the first boring days in Ft Dix, NJ to the travel and arrival at Ol' Miss (to be met there by a hail of rocks, thrown by fellow Americans) to the day-by-day sameness of acting as James Meredith's safety shield/body guard/escort service is about as perfect as one could ask for. Everything is defined so the reader has no doubt as to what, where, why and how things were to be done.
Read more ›
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was in A Company 327th Infantry in the 101st Airborne Division. I stood guard around Meredith's dormitory (Baxter Hall) that first week. This is an absolutely superb book. Not only does it relate all the events I am familiar with accurately, but he has made vivid the depth of the hatred of Mississippians then had toward racial segregation. As a transplanted Yankee I went to high school in Memphis, Tennessee which is not that far from Oxford, Mississippi. Consequently, I was quite familiar with Southern attitudes toward blacks, but even I was shocked at the behavior and the language used by the white students at Ole Miss, which Gallagher portrays accurately. I also agree that Meredith was a brave man to have gone through what he experienced.

This is an event that has almost disappeared from American history. I'm glad he has brought attention back to it.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Gallagher has performed a very useful service in this very interesting and unusual book. A college graduate from Minnesota serving a two year stint as a military police officer, he was assigned to lead the army unit protecting James Meredith as he broke the color bar at the University of Mississippi. In very personal and engaging terms Gallagher explains how the job was done, the role of the Justice Department attorneys, the way Meredith handled the situation - and the types of confrontation he and his fellow soldiers faced from both the mob of outsiders as well as the student community. This is not a description of high policy - it is the story of the very practical daily efforts to keep Meredith safe in a most threatening setting. He describes well how unusual this experience was for all concerned, including his fellow troops from cities in the North confronted with this unique assignment in a very Southern environment in 1962/63. It is good to know that by now the work that he and his colleagues performed - in support of the very courageous James Meredith - is recognized in Oxford, Mississippi. Gallagher's book is a very good read!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

James Meredith and the Ole Miss Riot: A Soldier's Story
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: James Meredith and the Ole Miss Riot: A Soldier's Story

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: connecticut history