Mississippi Murder And Mayhem Essay

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The state of Mississippi has a history that has been harsh at times and full of racial discrimination. As far back as slavery and beyond, Mississippi has kept some of its old roots of racism and segregation. These beliefs played a major role in the murders of Emmett Till, James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and more recently James Craig Anderson.
Born on July 25, 1941, Emmett Till would dramatically change the face of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi at the tender age of 14. Till who went by the name Bobo, grew up in a flourishing, middle-class black neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. It was a neighborhood full of black owned businesses and one where a young black ...view middle of the document...

The only way Wright could positively identify his remains was by the ring on Emmett’s finger engraved with his father’s initials (L.T.). Devastated by her loss, Emmett’s mother had the courage to have an open casket funeral to let the world see what racism in Mississippi had done to her son. Emmett’s death and this act spurred the Civil Rights Movement to greater heights.
Less than ten years after the murder of Emmett Till, Mississippi racism reared its head again and claimed the lives of three Civil Rights workers: James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman. This time it was racism and segregation and claimed not only black lives, but white lives as well. The three men were working to register black voters in Mississippi which automatically put them on the wrong side of Mississippi’s ruling white class and the KKK. They rode together in one car; two white men and one black man with Chaney the black man in the front seat. That put them on the wrong side of Mississippi’s segregation laws and put a KKK target on each man. On their way back from Philadelphia, Mississippi, the three men were pulled over by deputy sheriff Cecil Price also a member of the KKK. Price held the men in custody while other members of the KKK prepared for their murder and the disposal of their bodies. Once released, the three activists were pursued and trapped in an isolated area of the woods where they were shot and then buried in earthen graves that had been prepared in advance. The murders especially of the two white men Schwerner and...

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