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Back to Mississippi: A Personal Journey Through the Events that Changed America in 1964
Back to Mississippi A Personal Journey Through the Events that Changed America in 1964 Author:Mary Winstead In this beautifully written memoir, a Northerner looks back at her Southern roots and discovers shocking truths about racism, the Klan, and one of the most devastating crimes in American history. Mary Winstead grew up in Minneapolis, captivated by her fathers tales of his boyhood in rural Mississippi. As a child, she visited her re... more »latives down South, and her nostalgia for that world and its people would compel her to collect her fathers stories for her own children. But Winsteads research into her family history led her to a series of horrifying revelations: about her relatives ingrained racism, their involvement with the Klan, and their connection to the infamous 1964 murders of three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and James Chaney. Writing with dignity, humility, and a profound sense of time and place, Winstead chronicles her awakening to painful truths about people she loved and thought she knew. She profiles her father, a man of remarkable charm and secretiveness. She traces her familys roots through post-Civil War poverty, Southern pride, and Jim Crow laws, exploring racism on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. Most movingly, she details her own inner war, a battle between her love for her family and their untenable beliefs and practices.« less
Seldom do we get to read a memoir of the civil rights years in the Deep South, so this is a book that will interest many...a first-person account of personal responsibility in a time that our nation endured much upheaval.