MISSISSIPPI BLACK PAPER by R.- Intro. Niebuhr

MISSISSIPPI BLACK PAPER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Out of Mississippi comes the most searing indictment yet of persecution in the closed society. These affidavit's and statements were collected by COFO for the purpose of offering them in evidence in a suit brought against Sheriff Rainey and other State officials. From Some dozen counties comes word from those who have suffered arrests on false charges, physical brutality during Jailing, or home bombings. They range from a 56 year old Negro, native of Amite County working for the NAACP (""There is not an hour which passes when I do not feel my life is in danger"") to the terror substantiated in Elizabeth Allen's account of her husband""s murder. Known names include Aaron Henry, head of NAACP in Mississippi; Rita Schwerner, wife of Mickey (who testifies before the discovery of his body). Reinhold Niebuhr in his introduction points out that these documents ""disclose a society in which the instruments of justice are the tools of injustice,"" where the pressure of the larger society must be brought to bear to make any change. Hodding Carter III comments on the make-up of the civil rights movement and the results of Summer 1964. Here in the simple accounts of injustice lies cause for concern for all Americans.

Publisher: Random House