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Wednesdays in MississippiProper Ladies Working for Radical Change, Freedom Summer 1964$
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Debbie Z. Harwell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628460957

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628460957.001.0001

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Into the Lion’s Den

Into the Lion’s Den

(p.68) Chapter Four Into the Lion’s Den
Wednesdays in Mississippi

Debbie Z. Harwell

University Press of Mississippi

Chapter Four explores two facets of the WIMS trips. First, it examines the visits to the Freedom Summer projects and the treatment of African Americans and civil rights workers in Mississippi. Second, it presents an overview of the teams’ travels in Mississippi, including the women’s perceptions of the state, security issues, and how the staff made the trips as productive as possible despite the stressful conditions. While the team members’ identities as proper ladies could get them in the door to meet with southern women, the Wednesdays women had to be able to discuss civil rights activities in Mississippi with some degree of knowledge. Thus, the fact-finding portion of the trip created a critical basis in fact for the WIMS teams to open a dialogue with Jackson women, and to learn about the Mississippians’ attitudes, feelings, and fears regarding civil rights.

Keywords:   Freedom Summer Projects, Security, Fear, Jackson, Mississippi, Fact-finding mission

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