Spies of Mississippi The True Story of the Spy Network That Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement

ISBN-10: 1426305958

ISBN-13: 9781426305955

Edition: 2010

Authors: Rick Bowers, Wade Henderson

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The book begins in 1956 with the birth of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission and follows its terrifying evolution from state-run propaganda outlet to a clandestine espionage network and secret police force with the mission to save segregation and block voting rights for African Americans. The Commission ruined careers and destroyed reputations, funnelled state funds to white supremacist organisations, and bribed journalists to print false information. It created an extensive network of paid informants, including black spies who snooped on their neighbours and infiltrated the NAACP. The agents intervened in a number of the highest profile events of the civil rights era, including screening jurors for the defense of a notorious Klan leader accused of the murder of NAACP leader Medgar Evers. While learning of its behind-the-scenes role, readers will encounter such historical events as Brown v Board of Education, the integration of Ole' Miss, the Freedom Rides, and Freedom Summer, but from the unique point of the entrenched opposition. The Spies of Mississippi will inspire readers with real accounts of civil rights leaders, students activists, and ordinary citizens who overcame the forces of white supremacy to usher in a new era. The Spies of Mississippi is based on a comprehensive review of 128,000 pages of documentation in the Commission archive, exclusive interviews with surviving participants as well as civil rights activists named in the once-secret files, reviews of the personal papers of past governors, commissioners and investigators, and writings and oral histories of Mississippi civil rights leaders.
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List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 1/12/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 128
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

The Genesis
Growing Outrage, Growing Backlash
The �Bible�
The Pipeline
The Delta Blues
Death of a Dream
The Savior of Segregation
The Clandestine War
Never, Never Land
Overflowing the Jails
The Battle for Ole Miss
In the Dead of the Night
The Secret Benefactor
Agent X
Marked Men
The Magnolia Curtain
�Destroy This Directive�
What Happened Next
Photo Credits
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