A stirring and saddening account of the Mississippi Summer Project of 1964 and the turning of the civil rights movement in America. Mills recalls the triumphs of the episode but also shows how the quest for racial solidarity turned divisive and laid the foundations for the "black power" movement. "A very moving book, a chronicle of a remarkable moment." -Studs Terkel. "Extremely readable and fair-minded...Mills lets participants speak for themselves, which many of them do with a touching eloquence."-New York Times Book Review.
Nicolaus Mills' other books include Culture in an Age of Money (also published by Ivan R. Dee), The New Journalism, and The Crowd in American Literature. He teaches American Studies at Sarah Lawrence College.
Part 1 Acknowledgements 9 Part 2 Introduction: Like a Holy Crusade 15 Part 3 Burn Jim Crow to the Ground 27 Part 4 Tremor in the Iceberg 42 Part 5 Nobody's Cannon Fodder 66 Part 6 Open the Eyes of the Nation 77 Part 7 There May Be More Deaths 94 Part 8 The Magnolia Jungle 105 Part 9 Pinto Beans and Politics 120 Part 10 No Two Seats 139 Part 11 Loose Ends 165 Part 12 Mississippi Revisited 184 Part 13 A Note on Sources 194 Part 14 Notes 196 Part 15 Index 217