Anyone familiar with the civil rights movement knows the importance of Mississippi in that story. Countless citizens of that state, along with some key "outside agitators," risked their lives to open up a segregated society. That history has been recounted in John Dittmer's Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi (1995), Charles Marsh's God's Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights (1999) and Charles Payne's I've Got the Light of Freedom (2007).
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