“Anyone who cares about liberty, social justice, and democracy should have this remarkable volume — to revisit the meaning of ‘freedom’ and how high was its price in 1964.”
— Mary King, author of Freedom Song
Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader (editor; Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2014)
An anthology of 44 original documents from the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer project, which was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. Readers can peruse civil rights workers’ letters, eavesdrop on their meetings, experience the final hours of three workers murdered on the project’s first day, read testimony by black residents who stood up to police torture and Klan firebombs. An introductory essay and opening comment situate each document in the broader context of the civil rights movement.
“A wonderful and long overdue book, Risking Everything vividly recalls the hope and fear, sweat and blood of Freedom Summer” – Bruce Watson, author of Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy