Books: Non-Fiction

Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader

Book — Non-fiction. Edited by Michael Edmonds. 2014. 250 pages.
Anthology of first hand accounts and primary documents from the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project.

Time Periods: 20th Century, 1961
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing

riskingeverything9780870206788This year marks the 50th anniversary of a milestone event in U.S. history, Freedom Summer. The largest collection of primary documents from Freedom Summer is now housed (much available online) at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Risking Everything offers a selection of those documents in chronological order, from the spring to the fall of 1964. The history comes to life through the range of the documents, which include lessons from the Freedom Schools curriculum, letters home from volunteers, a Klan newsletter, hate mail, fliers, and reflections by activists. [Description by Rethinking Schools.]

ISBN: 9780870206788 | Wisconsin Historical Society Press