An American Insurrection: The Battle of Oxford, Mississippi, 1962

An American Insurrection: The Battle of Oxford, Mississippi, 1962

William Doyle


In 1961, a black veteran named James Meredith utilized for admission to the college of Mississippi — and introduced a criminal insurrection opposed to white supremacy within the such a lot segregated nation in the US. Meredith’s problem eventually brought on what Time magazine known as “the gravest clash among federal and nation authority because the Civil War,” a challenge that on September 30, 1962, exploded right into a chaotic conflict among millions of white civilians and a small corps of federal marshals. To overwhelm the insurrection, President John F. Kennedy ordered a lightning invasion of Mississippi by means of over 20,000 U.S. strive against infantry, paratroopers, army police, and nationwide safeguard troops.

Based on years of extensive study, together with over 500 interviews, JFK’s White condominium tapes, and 9,000 pages of FBI records, An American Insurrection is a minute-by-minute account of the quandary. William Doyle bargains intimate graphics of the most important gamers, from James Meredith to the segregationist Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett, to President John F. Kennedy and the federal marshals and infantrymen who risked their lives to uphold the structure. The defeat of the segregationist rebellion in Oxford was once a turning element within the civil rights fight, and An American Insurrection brings this principally forgotten occasion to existence in all its drama, lovely element, and ancient importance.

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