Freedom Case Study

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The events that occurred in Mississippi in 1964 where three civil rights workers were murdered by the Klu Klux Klan is said to be one of the watershed moments in the civil rights movement. It brought a lot of attention to the reality of what was happening in Mississippi. Throughout the U.S., really no one was informed of the incidents happening, Mississippi remained unchanged and was the last frontier in civil rights. Even though blacks were the majority of the population, they weren’t allowed to vote. They were required to go through a literacy test before they could vote which most were denied. In 1961, Bob Moses met with activists which kept growing to change their community and fight for the right to vote. This lead to even more violence with the police and white people of the community. In time the violence escalated, on September 25, 1961 a local black farmer, Herbert Lee, was murdered by a white man E.H. Hurst. Hurst was never charged with the crime. His death made the black members of the community even stronger. Their jobs, careers, and family didn’t matter anymore, all their time was focused solely on the civil rights and having the right to vote, they didn’t want to live unless change was made. They asked white college students in the north from Stanford and Yale to volunteer to help them. Since they were white, this brought media attention and more violence to Mississippi. These volunteers, even white, were subject to the violent rage in the white community of Mississippi. The KKK even brought in 500 more members to increase their numbers for freedom summer. That summer 3 civil rights activist were killed, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, were gunned down by the KKK which made this the headline news across the country. If a black man died, no one seemed to care, but since it involved two white men, everyone was talking about it.
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