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Sons of Mississippi : A Story of Race and Its Legacy
Sons of Mississippi A Story of Race and Its Legacy Author:Paul Hendrickson They stand as unselfconscious as if the photograph were being taken at a church picnic and not during one of the pitched battles of the civil rights struggle. None of them knows that the image will appear in Life magazineor that it will become an icon of its era. The year is 1962, and these seven white Mississippi lawmen have gath... more »ered to stop James Meredith from integrating the University of Mississippi. One of them is swinging a billy club.
More than thirty years later, award-winning journalist and author Paul Hendrickson sets out to discover who these men were, what happened to them after the photograph was taken, and how racist attitudes shaped the way they lived their lives. But his ultimate focus is on their children and grandchildren, and how the prejudice bequeathed by the fathers was transformed, or remained untouched, in the sons. Sons of Mississippi is a scalding yet redemptive work of social history, a book of eloquence and subtlely that tracks the movement of racism across three generations and bears witness to its ravages among both black and white Americans.« less
This was a fascinating book based on an interesting premise - who were the men depicted in a famous photograph taken during the height of the Civil Rights movement and what became of them? Hendrickson does some first rate reporting and puts it all together in a well written book. Highly recommended.
I bought this book because I was raised in Mississippi but I was too young to remember much about this era. After a lot of people made comments about my "neck of the woods" I decided I should know what they were "commenting" about for sure. This book will definitely give you that kind of information. It's hard to believe things like that actually happened near my home.
An old civil rights photo in Life magazine from 1962 inspires the author to go back and find out what happened to the southern sherrifs in the image and also how their kids regard race and Mississippi. A great book.