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Ghosts of Mississippi : the murder of Medgar Evers, the trials of Byron de la Be
Vollers, Maryanne.
Adult Nonfiction F349.J13V65 1995

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Though this book is a worthwhile account of the 1963 murder of Mississippi NAACP representative Medgar Evers and the eventual conviction last year of his killer, its subtitle suggests a difficult task. Indeed, freelance journalist Vollers spends the first third of the book leading up to Evers's murder, sketching his background and that of racist killer Byron De La Beckwith, as well as their state's racial climate. She then recounts the two mistrials in the case, the paths of Beckwith and widow Myrlie Evers and the evolution in Mississippi‘a new breed of politicians, greater black political power and a more aggressive press‘that set the stage for a new trial. A few passages jolt: Beckwith, during his last trial in 1994, deems a dark-skinned Indian motel manager ``really a white man.'' Others resonate, as Vollers relates the patriotic Evers's earnest call for desegregation. Though somewhat broader in scope, this title is more diffuse and not as well written as Adam Nossiter's 1994 book, After Long Memory: Mississippi and the Murder of Medgar Evers. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

According to journalist Vollers, the murder of Mississippi NAACP field secretary Evers (1925-63) and the subsequent trials of Byron de la Beckwith sum up the terror of racial segregation, the battle for blacks' civil rights, and a generation of change in Southern bearing and behavior on race. With care for the human elements, Vollers reviews the background of race, culture, class, and personality in Evers's shooting. She then follows the trials‘the two acquittals in 1964 and the conviction in 1994. Her approach and easy-flowing prose recall fellow journalist Adam Nossiter's Of Long Memory: Mississippi and the Murder of Medgar Evers (LJ 6/1/94). For collections on Civil Rights, the South, or U.S. history. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/94.]‘Thomas J. Davis, SUNY at Buffalo (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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