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Shocking the ConscienceA Reporter's Account of the Civil Rights Movement$
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Simeon Booker and Carol McCabe Booker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617037894

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617037894.001.0001

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Camelot, The Final Act

Camelot, The Final Act

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Shocking the Conscience

Simeon Booker

University Press of Mississippi

In September 1962, a military-backed attack on diehard Mississippi’s color line culminated in the admission of the first black student to the segregated University of Mississippi. John F. Kennedy’s administration had done everything it could to prevent violence from erupting on the campus of Ole Miss when James H. Meredith, after seven years in the military, attempted to enroll in the all-white institution. This chapter looks at the so-called Battle of Oxford, the Kennedy administration’s celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation centennial in February 1963, the murder of Medgar Evers of the NAACP, the largest demonstration in Washington calling for enactment of the pending civil rights legislation, the atmosphere of violence in Birmingham that led to the killing of four Sunday school children, and the funeral of JFK who was shot by an assassin.

Keywords:   civil rights, Mississippi, University of Mississippi, James H. Meredith, John F. Kennedy, violence, Battle of Oxford, Emancipation Proclamation, Medgar Evers, Birmingham

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