For My Book-reading Friends —
Today I’ve put up two links to free civil-rights books
Susan Klopfer’s newest addition to her
Mississippi Civil Rights Books.
“This [Who Killed Emmett Till?] is a well-written and fascinating book about a vicious lynching of an African-American teenager from Chicago while visiting Mississippi. His mother insisted on an open coffin for the services so that people could see what was done to her son. The author explains the history, demands justice, talks with some of those still alive who, as she says, “still had the story fresh in their hearts and minds.” After you read this book, the events will live in your heart and mind too, because she makes it come alive. This is highly recommended.” Bernard Farber
After 23 months of research and writing, while living in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, Where Rebels Roost features:
–A Nine-page Selected Bibliography/Citations: 73 Books; 3 Dissertations; 47 Articles; 32 Collections, Interviews, Oral Histories
–Twenty-pages/Lists of Dead/References 900+ names and information of African Americans lynched and murdered in Mississippi from 1870 to 1970 (references Southern Law & Poverty Center, NAACP, Tuskegee Institute, individual family and friends, personal research)
–Sixteen-page/160+ Names of Emmett Till Principles/Names and biographies of people close to this case, from lawyers, witnesses, judges and jurors to police, politicians, friends and families.
–And over one hundred specific Sovereignty Commission Documents, cited with references given (plus over 1,000 footnotes!)
But more important are the stories of some very unique, persevering and brave people – stories that deserve to be told. I hope you enjoy this read as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Who should read this book? Genealogists, historians, history buffs, teachers, students, civil rights activists and followers, anyone who loves a fascinating story.
- ” … an absorbing and substantial work that speaks in many provocative ways …”
Lois Brown, director of the Weissman Center for Leadership and Liberal Arts, Mount Holyoke College
“Susan Klopfer is determined to tell the truth about Mississippi and about America … Klopfer follows the money, showing how the lines of culpability lead into the offices of New York industrialist Wycliffe Draper, whose Pioneer Fund fueled Mississippi’s fight against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and provided millions of dollars for the private academies, established to keep white children out of integrated schools after Brown v. Board of Ed. (More recently, the Pioneer Fund financed the research for the controversial book, The Bell Curve, a best selling, racist tract published in 1994.)”
Ben Greenberg, poet, essayist and activist and author of the blog Hungry Blues
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Please enjoy these books, and I will appreciate your comments.