[ Read Online Freedom Summer ☆ scores PDF ] by Bruce Watson Ö At book club, a friend of mine told a story He s a teacher, and he works in a very diverse school He s white, but he s very sensitive to the racial dynamics currently at play in The United States Trayvon Martin Michael Brown Eric Garner.
He asked a colleague of his a black teacher born in Mississippi in the early 60s what she thought about what s happening.
He said, Do you feel like, Oh no Here we go again Her response was, Not, here we go again, like will it ever end It s difficult for those of us who have never been oppressed genuinely oppressed to put ourselves into the shoes of those who have lived through long term, systematic oppression.
And sure, we can talk about progress and the progress has been good But I remind myself of a quote by MalcolmYou don t stick a knife in a man s back nine inches and then pull it out six inches and Usually a history book is NOT what I would pick up, but after trying civil disobedience this summer, and finding parallels with the civil rights era, I wanted to learn I found this book riveting, as well as thoroughly well researched and peppered with quotes and primary sources I was struck by the sacrifices that SNCC Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee volunteers made Goodman, Schwerner, and Chaney with their lives I read this with a curiosity about what drives movements What convinced these upper crust white college students to risk their lives and spend a summer in Mississippi If climate activism, or the 99%, is the movement of our time, what will motivate this generation to take similar actions that bear great risk
I remember the summer of 1964 very well I watched most of it on the TV evening news where I gathered with fellow Peace Corps trainees in the evenings at Indiana University and for two weeks at Indiana State in Terra Haute We had classes all day history of Africa and Sierra Leone, public health lectures, phys ed, Krio language, etc etc It was really like going to summer school except that we all lived together in Quonset huts left over from WWII and stuck together because we never had a free minute from 7 in the morning till 9 or 10 at night.
Before 1964, I had never been particularly tuned in to Civil Rights I don t even remember hearing about the murder of Emmit Till until many years later, but 1964 was the summer when SNCC volunteers mostly college students from the north went to Mississippi to run Freedom Schools and help Freedom Summer The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy, or Freedom Summer, is a nonfiction history written in 2010 by the journalist Bruce Watson The events that take place within Freedom Summer revolve around the civil rights movement fostered by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC pronounced Snick , that occurred in the summer of 1964 across Mississippi Facts, quotes, and events recorded by Watson are derived from other historical books such as Letters from Mississippi by Elizabeth Martinez, as well as by the interviewing of key individuals in the movement such as Chris Williams, Muriel Tilinghast, Fran O Brian, Fred Bright Winn, and over one thousand Freedom Summer attempts to bring light to a portion of history within the United States that is normally slid under the rug, b Despite having already read a number of books about the degradations that the South, and Mississippi in particular, have inflicted upon the blacks after the Civil War, I was terribly moved by this book In essence, this book is about the summer of 1964 in which great efforts were made to allow the blacks of Mississippi to have the same rights of citizenship that white people enjoyed Rights that one would have thought they had obtained after being freed as slaves a century earlier I could talk at length about this book s contents, but I ll limit it to just three of many reactions I had while reading it First, the dynamics of the situation that this book covers are well related to that of the American troops that se This book was an eye opener I was vaguely aware that the South, during the Jim Crow era, was a festering hellhole but I was shocked by the degree of brutality described in this book But while I was nauseated by the descriptions of racial hatred and violence, I was left in awe of the individuals who, at great peril to their lives, traveled to Mississippi to advance the cause of civil rights for Black Americans This is the kind of book that makes you want to be a better person.