Sons of Mississippi

One picture has become a symbol of white resistance to James Meredith’s 1962 entrance to the University of Mississippi as its first African-American student: the Life magazine photograph, taken by Charlie Moore, showing seven white sheriffs gathered in a campus grove, one of them swinging a billy club. Paul Hendrickson, an award-winning Washington Post writer who now teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, uses this picture to illuminate an important chapter in U.S. history.

 

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