By William Doyle
In 1961, a black veteran named James Meredith utilized for admission to the collage of Mississippi — and introduced a criminal rebel opposed to white supremacy within the such a lot segregated kingdom in the United States. Meredith’s problem eventually caused what Time journal referred to as “the gravest clash among federal and kingdom authority because the Civil War,” a concern that on September 30, 1962, exploded right into a chaotic conflict among hundreds of thousands of white civilians and a small corps of federal marshals. To weigh down the revolt, President John F. Kennedy ordered a lightning invasion of Mississippi through over 20,000 U.S. wrestle infantry, paratroopers, army police, and nationwide protect troops.
Based on years of in depth learn, 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 main issue. William Doyle bargains intimate images of the major gamers, from James Meredith to the segregationist Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett, to President John F. Kennedy and the federal marshals and squaddies who risked their lives to uphold the structure. The defeat of the segregationist rebellion in Oxford used to be a turning aspect within the civil rights fight, and An American rebel brings this mostly forgotten occasion to lifestyles in all its drama, attractive aspect, and old significance.
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An American Insurrection: The Battle of Oxford, Mississippi, 1962 by William Doyle