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  • Author: William Doyle
  • An American Insurrection: The Battle of Oxford, Mississippi, 1962

    When James Meredith became the first black man to enter the University of Mississippi, he forced America to face the contradiction of second-class citizenship for multitudes of its black citizens, not with speeches, boycotts, or sit-ins, but on a battlefield. Doyle takes teens to two of those battlefields: a cerebral one where Meredith, President John Kennedy, and Governor Barnett grapple over politics; and a physical one, where federal troops and local mobs converge on the university campus.