U.S. History

Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy

Bruce Watson

About the Program

Bruce Watson recalls the "Freedom Summer" of 1964 when over 700 college students arrived in Mississippi to register African-American voters and create Freedom Schools to assist in the education of the populace.  Their work was met with resistance exemplified through the disappearance of three volunteers, indiscriminate beatings, and the burnings of churches.  Bruce Watson discusses his book at Lemuira Books in Jackson, Mississippi.

About the Authors

Bruce Watson

Bruce Watson is the author of Bread and Roses and Sacco and Vanzetti, which was a Edgar Award finalist.  His writing has appeared in several publications, including the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and Smithsonian.  For more information, visit brucewatsonwriter.com.


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Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy

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