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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (283 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce Watson Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the summer of 1964, with the civil rights movement stalled, seven hundred college students descended on Mississippi to register black voters, teach in Freedom Schools, and live in sharecroppers' shacks. But by the time their first night in the state had ended, three volunteers were dead, black churches had burned, and America had a new definition of freedom. This remarkable chapter in American history, the basis for the controversial film Mississippi Burning, is now the subject of Bruce Watson's thoughtful and riveting historical narrative. Using in-depth interviews with participants and residents, Watson brilliantly captures the tottering legacy of Jim Crow in Mississippi and the chaos that brought such national figures as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Pete Seeger to the state. Freedom Summer presents finely rendered portraits of the courageous black citizens and Northern volunteers who refused to be intimidated in their struggle for justice, as well as the white Mississippians who would kill to protect a dying way of life. Few books have provided such an intimate look at race relations during the deadliest days of the civil rights movement. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Here is a past of fear and hate, but also of courage and bravery, all given a narrator's---a scholar's---knowing and wise documentary attention. Robert Coles, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Children of Crisis series
  • “Recreates the texture of that terrible yet rewarding summer with impressive verisimilitude.”

    Washington Post

  • “Remarkable…a well-researched, vivid retelling of the 1964 civil rights crusade to put Mississippi’s 200,000 disenfranchised blacks on the voting rolls…[an] important book.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Elegantly written…A fascinating look at ordinary people at their best and worst…Riveting.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Mesmerizing history.”

    Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joy | 2/18/2014

    " I picked this up in the library after hearing a partial interview on NPR and thought I would breeze through it. The book stunned me. For one thing, I had no idea how much evil was perpetuated by state and local governments, or that the Federal government looked the other way. Reading this book explained so much about the 1960's; how an idealistic few took on something huge, were foiled by "the establishment," and why an entire generation felt disenfranchised as a result. Nearly all of the iconic movements of the 1960's were started by or as a result of the kids who went down to spend eighty some days in a hot, sticky state. They changed nothing and everything at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Czarina | 2/12/2014

    " Outstanding historical account of the summer in Mississippi when Bob Moses led the SNCC to fight for freedom. Cannot imagine anyone not voting after reading this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jonna | 2/5/2014

    " I read this book as research for a book I was writing and I learned so much from it. It reads very well for a non-fiction book. Anyone with half an ounce of interest in the Civil Rights movement will enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katie | 2/3/2014

    " 5 stars ! (which if you scan my bookshelf, you'll know that I don't just give stars away like candy). This book is so hard to put down, mesmerizing and meticulous in the recounting of the summer of 1964. I can't imagine the kind of chutzpah it took to go down into Mississippi at that time. An amazing story of heroic idealism. "

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