Of Long Memory
Mississippi and the Murder of Medgar Evers
By (author) Adam Nossiter
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Of Long Memory by Adam Nossiter
Book DescriptionThe history is well known: On June 12, 1963, Mississippi's courageous NAACP chief, Medgar Evers, was gunned down by white supremacist Byron de la Beckwith. Tried twice by all-white juries, Beckwith escaped conviction for three decades. But then Mississippi began to confront its tormented past. And in the 1990s, when Beckwith was sent to jail by a crusading young prosecutor, the family of Medgar Evers finally got justice. Hailed as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the Lillian Smith Award, Of Long Memory reveals how this remarkable reversal took place. Nossiter uses the tools of memory, history, and reportage--and the clear vantage point of an outsider, a Northerner--to portray an entire state quite literally summoning up its ghosts. A new epilogue discusses other civil rights cases now being reconsidered, and skillfully shows how the South is finding a way to create justice where none had existed before.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780306811623
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 30-May-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Adam Nossiter
Adam Nossiter has been a staff writer for the New York Times and before that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is the author of The Algeria Hotel: France, Memory, and the Second World War, and has been writing about the South for nearly 20 years. He lives in New Orleans.
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