Thu, Feb 6, 2014 -- 2:00 AM

American RadioWorks: Black History

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State of Siege: Mississippi Whites and the Civil Rights Movement -- 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. Drawing on newly discovered archival audio and groundbreaking research on the civil rights era, the program brings to light the extraordinary tactics whites in Mississippi used to battle integration and the lasting impact of that battle in American politics today. Their strategies ranged from organizing a massive network of citizen councils to promote white supremacy, to establishing a state-run spy agency to disrupt civil rights activism. The program also traces the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, and illuminates the way whites came to both accommodate and defy the mandates of civil rights legislation in the mid-1960s.

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