The Freedom Summer Murders

The Freedom Summer MurdersThe Freedom Summer Murders
by Don Mitchell
Grades 5 & up

This book about the murders of Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney in Mississippi in June of 1964 differs from the others in that it covers much more than the actual murders. It gives in depth background information on all three of the young men who were killed, and follows the quest for justice up through the 40th anniversary of the murders in 2004. This book does not spend a great deal of time talking about the Freedom Schools and the voter registration drives, but rather focuses on the reign of terror in Mississippi. Recommended for grades 5 & up.

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