|Summer 1964 — 700 Americans head for Mississippi. Their jobs — to register voters, teach in Freedom Schools, and end a century of Jim Crow. They call it “Freedom Summer” and on its first day, three young men vanish without a trace. As the summer unfolds, the FBI searches swamps, the Klan rises, and dozens of volunteers are beaten or jailed. Still they soldier on. . . And by summer’s end, nothing — not Mississippi, not the volunteers, and not America itself — will ever be the same.
“The best account I have seen of Freedom Summer.” — Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States