Mississippi’s Tortured Civil Rights History

by Todd Mundt on February 25, 2011

Mississippi occupies a distinct and dramatic place in the history of America’s civil rights movement. No state in the South was more resistant to the struggle for black equality. No place was more violent.

While the history of civil rights activists has been well documented in radio and television, the stories and strategies of their white opponents are more hidden. Drawing on newly discovered archival audio and groundbreaking research on the civil rights era, a new documentary from American RadioWorks explores the extraordinary tactics white Mississippians used to Block integration with blacks.

WFPL will air “State of Siege: Mississippi Whites and the Civil Rights Movement” tonight at 8pm. You can listen to the documentary now.

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