Mississippi: A Place Apart

During the era of Jim Crow segregation, Mississippi represented the extremes of the South.

The March Backward

When the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in 1954, a few white moderates in Mississippi called for gradual acceptance of the ruling. They quickly turned radical, or silent.

The Citizens' Council

Mississippi whites organized a broad network of citizens groups to enforce racial segregation. Their goal was to maintain white supremacy.

The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission

The Sovereignty Commission was both a propaganda machine and a spy agency. It kept extensive files on anyone suspected of civil rights involvement.

The Riot at Ole' Miss

A race riot at The University of Mississippi led to a reign of terror against black citizens. It also caused some influential whites to rethink "massive resistance" to integration.

Defiance and Compliance

The mid-1960s in Mississippi were filled with racial violence and turmoil. But slowly the wall of segregation would crack.

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Seeking Justice in Civil Rights-Era Cold Cases

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