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Civil Rights in Mississippi Series

The Civil Rights in Mississippi Series features books written from the epicenter of the civil rights movement, documenting the struggles many African Americans and civil rights workers faced as they fought for an end to racial discrimination. The series concentrates on Mississippi during the 1960s, looking closely at the civil rights struggle of those years as well as important figures and events of the movement.

Series Editor: Trent Brown, professor of American studies at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

For more information or to submit a proposal, contact associate editor Emily Snyder Bandy.

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The Smell of Burning Crosses

Journalist Ira Harkey (1918–2006) risked it all when he advocated for James Meredith’s admission to the University of Mississippi as the first African American student in 1962.

Preceded by a legal ...

Three Years in Mississippi

On October 1, 1962, James Meredith was the first African American student to enroll at the University of Mississippi. Preceded by violent rioting resulting in two deaths and a lengthy court battle that ...

Mississippi Black Paper

At the height of the civil rights movement in Mississippi, as hundreds of volunteers prepared for the 1964 Freedom Summer Project, the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) compiled hundreds of statements ...

Three Lives for Mississippi

In the civil rights movement, 1964 was the year of Freedom Summer. On June 21, Mississippi, one of the last bastions of segregation in America and a bloody battleground in the fight for civil rights, ...


In 1964, sociologist William McCord, long interested in movements for social change in the United States, began a study of Mississippi's Freedom Summer. Stanford University, where McCord taught, had been ...

So the Heffners Left McComb

On Saturday, September 5, 1964, the family of Albert W. "Red" Heffner Jr. , a successful insurance agent, left their house at 202 Shannon Drive in McComb, Mississippi, where they had lived for ten years. ...