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Spies of Mississippi

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The Spies of Mississippi is a compelling story of how state spies tried to block voting rights for African Americans during the Civil Rights era. This book sheds new light on one of the most momentous periods in American history.


Author Rick Bowers has combed through primary-source materials and interviewed surviving activists named in once-secret files, as well as the writings and oral histories of Mississippi civil rights leaders. Readers get first-hand accounts of how neighbors spied on neighbors, teachers spied on students, ministers spied on church-goers, and spies even spied on spies.


The Spies of Mississippi will inspire readers with the stories of the brave citizens who overcame the forces of white supremacy to usher in a new era of hope and freedom—an age that has recently culminated in the election of Barack Obama.


  • Ages 12 and up
  • Hardcover
  • 128 pages
  • 6" x 9"
  • © 2010

Rick Bowers is a journalist, songwriter, and head of creative projects for the AARP. He lives in Washington D.C.


Wade Henderson is the executive director of the Leadership Commission on Civil Rights.