Summer of '64: Path to Freedom

Summer of '64: Path to Freedom

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The summer of 1964 was like no other for thousands of Americans black and white. That was the summer 700 college students showed up in Mississippi. Their goal: go door to door to register black voters while living in sharecroppers shacks in the middle of KKK country. On the first night three of the volunteers disappeared, bringing a searing urgency to the summer. By the time the summer ended it had changed their lives, and Mississippi, forever. Bruce Watson tells the story of makeshift schools, burning crosses and the extraordinary idealism of young men and women who came to Mississippi and the hugely courageous men and women they found there in his book Freedom Summer– the savage season that made Mississippi burn and made American democracy.