The Mississippi Burning Trial (U. S. vs. Price et al.)

9 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2007

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Douglas Linder

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

It was an old-fashioned lynching, carried out with the help of county officials, that came to symbolize hardcore resistance to integration. Dead were three civil rights workers, Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney. All three shot in the dark of night on a lonely road in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Many people predicted such a tragedy when the Mississippi Summer Project, an effort that would bring hundreds of college-age volunteers to the most totalitarian state in the country was announced in April, 1964. The FBI's all-out search for the conspirators who killed the three young men, depicted in the movie Mississippi Burning, was successful, leading three years later to a trial in the courtroom of one of America's most determined segregationist judges.

Keywords: Famous Trials, Trial, Mississippi, Mississippi Burning, Civil rights, Schwerner, Goodman, Chaney, Segregation, Integration, KKK, Ku Klux Klan, Klan, Mississippi Summer Project, CORE, Philadelphia, Mississippi

JEL Classification: K10, K40, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

Linder, Douglas, The Mississippi Burning Trial (U. S. vs. Price et al.) (2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1029393 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1029393

Douglas Linder (Contact Author)

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law ( email )

5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
United States

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