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The Freedom Summer Murders

By Don Mitchell   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9781338115895 Paperback
256 Pages | 5.26" x 7.99" | Ages 13 & Up

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545477253 Hardcover
256 Pages | 5.81" x 8.58" | Ages 13 & Up

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545633932 Ebook
256 Pages | Ages 13 & Up

The harrowing true story of three civil rights workers slain by the KKK—now in paperback!

In June of 1964, three idealistic young men (one black and two white) were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. They were trying to register African Americans to vote as part of the Freedom Summer effort to bring democracy to the South. Their disappearance and murder caused a national uproar and was one of the most significant incidents of the Civil Rights Movement, and contributed to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Freedom Summer Murders will be the first book for young people to take a comprehensive look at the brutal murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, through to the conviction in 2005 of mastermind Edgar Ray Killen.

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Praise for The Freedom Summer Murders

Kirkus Prize, Young Readers 2014, Short-listed

*"...Mitchell takes the story into the present day, describing how the families of the victims continue to fight for civil rights and how both locals and state officials kept the case alive, simultaneously working toward legal and emotional resolution... Essential.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A timely, essential account, illustrated with contemporary photos and capped with extensive endnotes and source notes.” —School Library Journal