The Mississippi Insurgence
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The paper describes the violence that broke out when the Supreme Court ordered James Meredith, a Black student, to be accepted in school. The paper discusses how the Supreme Court's decision demonstrated how powerful the notion of racism and bigotry can be when people try to hold on to bigoted values. The paper further shows how the insurgence in Mississippi brought out deeper racial undertones than just civil disobedience; the paper reveals that President Kennedy secretly approved a plan to pre-segregate 4,000 black US army troops out of the mission to guarantee blacks their civil rights. The paper highlights how reactions to this incident were polarized along racial lines that reflected the state of society at the time.
From the Paper:"An American Insurrection was an epochal point in the development of our country's civil rights, in an era in which there was flashpoint incident taking place all across our country that pitted Americans against Americans. Troops were summoned using battle tested soldiers who had served from World War II to Korea, but the level of horror and fear inspired in them by this incident demonstrated how raw a nerve and how deep a division the Mississippi insurrection touched. We can see from An American Insurrection how severely the nation was at war with itself over the Civil Rights issue, and how little had changed since the Civil War in the mentality of the South. The violence that broke out was as severe a resistance as any that the government had seen, and demonstrated how powerful the notion of racism and bigotry can be when people try to hold onto those bigoted values. But the irony of this insurgence and its place in Civil Rights history is that the act was not seen as a civil rights act by it original actor."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Doyle, William. An American Insurrection by William Doyle. 2001: Doubleday, New York.
- Mississippi and Meredith remember (2002). Retrieved November 22, 2008: http://edition.cnn.com/2002/US/South/09/30/meredith/index.html
- Walker Demands a 'Vocal Protest,'" New York Times, Sept. 30, 1962, p. 69.
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