Spies of Mississippi by Rick Bowers
The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement

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The Spies of Mississippi is a compelling story of how state spies tried to block voting rights for African Americans during the Civil Rights era. This book sheds new light on one of the most momentous periods in American history.

Author Rick Bowers has combed through primary-source materials and interviewed surviving activists named in once-secret files, as well as the writings and oral histories of Mississippi civil rights leaders. Readers get first-hand accounts of how neighbors spied on neighbors, teachers spied on students, ministers spied on church-goers, and spies even spied on spies.

The Spies of Mississippi will inspire readers with the stories of the brave citizens who overcame the forces of white supremacy to usher in a new era of hope and freedom—an age that has recently culminated in the election of Barack Obama
 

About Rick Bowers

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Rick Bowers is a journalist, songwriter, and head of creative projects for the AARP. He lives in Washington D.C. Wade Henderson is the executive director of the Leadership Commission on Civil Rights.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published December 18, 2009 by National Geographic Children's Books. 128 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, War, Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The year 1956 saw the creation of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, a special agency charged with preserving the right of the state to govern itself without interference from the federal government or private pressure groups.

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