Bruce Watson

June 14 . 2010

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. Bruce Watson ‘s thoughtful and historical narrative captures the tottering legacy of Jim Crow in Freedom Summer.