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Race Against Time free read Þ 6 Ã On June 21 1964 than twenty Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers The killings would become known as the “Mississippi Burning” case and even though the killers’ identities including the sheriff’s deputy were an open secret no one was charged with murder in the months and years that followed It took foMovement decades after the fact His work played a central role in bringing killers to justice for the assassination of Medgar Evers the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham and the Mississippi Burning case His efforts have put four leading Klansmen behind bars years after they thought they had gotten away with murd. DNF at 67 pages I'm not convinced Mitchell's reason behind exploring these cases was the desire for justice It seemed to me he was concerned with discovering the truth so he could write articles about it rather than to amend historical wrongs He seems unconcerned about the welfare of his sources who break the law to give him information I found myself confused at times why a certain revelation was significant These cases are complex with many different people referenced and interviewed Mitchell didn't summarize his findings in a way that made this less confusing for me At this point in my reading I did not want to spend any time on this book

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On June 21 1964 than twenty Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers The killings would become known as the “Mississippi Burning” case and even though the killers’ identities including the sheriff’s deputy were an open secret no one was charged with murder in the months and years that followed It took forty one years before the mastermind w. between 45 and 5 rounded upfull post here upIt's January 1989 in Jackson Mississippi and reporter Jerry Mitchell was on assignment for his newspaper The Clarion Ledger to cover the state premier of the film Mississippi Burning He normally had the court beat so this was something different for him Mitchell found himself seated next to someone who seemed to know a lot about what was and wasn't true about the film based on the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers James Chaney Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner As it happened that man turned out to be retired special agent Roy K Moore who had been in charge of the FBI in Mississippi at the time Later when the rest of the press had gone Mitchell stayed behind to listen to Moore talk to two other men another FBI agent and a journalist who had covered the events at the time During that conversation he learned that nobody had ever been prosecuted for the murders of the three men even though than twenty Klansmen were responsible Mitchell wondered how it was possible that twenty people their identities known by locals who'd never turned them in could get away with murder Why hadn't the state of Mississippi done anything about it From further conversations with Moore Mitchell learned that although one killer eventually talked and had given the FBI what it needed for prosecution the governor of the state couldn't do so essentially refusing to uphold its own murder laws As Mitchell began to research this case he came to learn about the connections between the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission which worked with and even helped fund the white Citizens' Councils to help fight desegregation in the state and the murders of the three activists He'd hoped that by bringing certain facts to light the info might spark the Attorney General to pursue new charges in the case but it was not to be and the case remained cold Feeling like he'd failed his colleagues reminded him that they had been able to helpferret out unreported details about a twenty five year old murder case that many powerful figures had wanted to keep sealedThat was at least something He continued to read about other civil rights cold cases and eventually his research would lead him to into the murder of Medgar Evers the firebombing of the home and store of Vernon Dahmer Sr which led to his death and the September 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham which killed four little girls Addie Mae Collins Cynthia Wesley Carole Robertson and Carol Denise McNair The main issue facing Mitchell was that the witnesses and suspects in these decades old cases were dying off; in a race against time Mitchell was determined to bring the details of these crimes into the light through his investigations hoping that his work might be a driving force into not only getting these old cases reopened but also hoping that people like Byron de la Beckwith Sam Bowers and Bobby Cherry the KKK members responsible would finally be brought to justice for their crimes Yet what continued to gnaw at him after these successes was the Mississippi Burning murders that by 1998 still had not been reckoned with Undaunted and even as the pool of witnesses and evidence decreased Mitchell continued his efforts for justice in this particular case determined to bring Edgar Ray Killen the moving force behind these murders to trialWith notes bibliography index etc the page count runs to just over four hundred pages but I was so completely engrossed in what I was reading here that the hours just flew by I do think it would have helped to have included photos along with text but I sat with tablet in hand when I wanted to match names with faces or to reacuaint myself with the four cases discussed here And although this rarely happens I happen to agree with the dustjacket blurber who says that Race Against Time is a landmark book and essential reading for all Americans adding only that it should be read especially by anyone with even a passing interest in civil rights both past and present It's one I'll never ever forget

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Race Against TimeAs brought to trial and finally convicted for the three innocent lives he took If there is one man who helped pave the way for justice it is investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell In Race Against Time Mitchell takes readers on the twisting pulse racing road that led to the reopening of four of the most infamous killings from the days of the civil rights. I am young enough not to remember the murders of Medgar Evers Vernon Dahmer or the Neshoba County murders of James Chaney Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwernerhowever; I am old enough to remember when the men primarily responsible for their deaths were finally held accountable due in large part to the efforts of the author of this book Jerry Mitchell Mississippi is full of residents who would rather not open old wounds My wife is a native and it was not until she was an adult with a decade of post secondary education that she first learned about the Freedom Riders or Neshoba County or many of Mississippi's my adopted home state worst moments Her Mississippi History class in high school spent its time making sure the students could memorize the names of the 82 counties instead Thankfully Mitchell was not raised to let bygones be bygones and refused to allow the power structure in place at the relevant time to let the men responsible for these terrible deaths do so either I am not convinced that all of the prosecutors in each of the different trials would have pushed as hard had they themselves not been pushed I'd recommend this book to any fellow Mississippian any person at all interested in the Civil Rights era any trial attorney or would be trial attorney and especially to any journalism student This book is a ready reminder of the ultimate power of ability of a free press to effectuate change for good Excellent work