Of Long Memory: Mississippi and the Murder of Medgar Evers

by Nossiter, Adam
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ISBN: 9780306811623
Used - Trade Paperback - 9780306811623


The history is well known: On June 12, 1963, Mississippi's courageous NAACP chief, Medgar Evers, was gunned down by white supremacist Byron de la Beckwith. Tried twice by all-white juries, Beckwith escaped conviction for three decades. But then Mississippi began to confront its tormented past. And in the 1990s, when Beckwith was sent to jail by a crusading young prosecutor, the family of Medgar Evers finally got justice. Hailed as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the Lillian Smith Award, Of Long Memory reveals how this remarkable reversal took place. Nossiter uses the tools of memory, history, and reportage--and the clear vantage point of an outsider, a Northerner--to portray an entire state quite literally summoning up its ghosts. A new epilogue discusses other civil rights cases now being reconsidered, and skillfully shows how the South is finding a way to create justice where none had existed before.
  • Format: TradePaperback
  • Author: Nossiter, Adam
  • ISBN: 9780306811623
  • Condition: Used
  • Dimensions: 8.96 x 0.90
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • Publication Year: 2002

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