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The Three Lives for Mississippi by William Bradford Huie is an extensive actuality story of people the journalist wrote that fate brought together in a tragic confrontation. Huie tells the history of each young man and studies the personalities of the kil

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Deena Hall Martha Donnell History 1302 (77155) April 25, 2011 Three Lives for Mississippi The Three Lives for Mississippi by William Bradford Huie is an extensive actuality story of people the journalist wrote that fate brought together in a tragic confrontation. Huie tells the history of each young man and studies the personalities of the killers. He reveals not only the fragmenting events in this scandalous case but also the discrimination of common citizens who permitted murder to provide as their justification of injustice. He helps us know the young victims personally, furthermore introducing us to their killers and to the loathing and suspicion that direct relentlessly to their execution. ...read more.

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Their names were James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. Two were from the North and labeled locally as "outside agitators." Chaney was a Mississippi black. The murders not only disturb the nation and humiliated the state of Mississippi, nevertheless forced to loose the strong control of white supremacy in the South. Three Lives of Mississippi was a center of the American Civil Rights Movement and especially exposed the national stage in 1963 and 1964. Few white leaders in the state defended the endeavor to obtain voting and other rights for African Americans. Over this book is the only inclusive on-the-scene account of the atrocious Freedom Summer murders in Mississippi. ...read more.

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When I saw the book assignment I was dreading reading the book and put the assignment off as long as I could. However, once I started reading I could not put it down. Huie does a great job, through his interviews and expedition for the truth, at putting you as close to the people and events of this historical time as one possibly could. It displays the most severe and explicitly admitted amount of prejudice toward the African Americans held by the citizens of the state of Mississippi during the 1960's. What makes this book interesting is that it was written between the murders and the trial. Huie knew who the murderers were, how they did it, and never expected a guilty verdict. ?? ?? ?? ?? Hall 1 ...read more.

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