Race Against Time

Race Against Time

A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era

eBook - 2020
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"For almost two decades, investigative journalist Jerry Mitchell doggedly pursued the Klansmen responsible for some of the most notorious murders of the civil rights movement. This book is his amazing story. Thanks to him, and to courageous prosecutors, witnesses, and FBI agents, justice finally prevailed." --John Grisham, author of The Guardians

On June 21, 1964, more than twenty Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers. The killings, in what would become known as the "Mississippi Burning" case, were among the most brazen acts of violence during the Civil Rights Movement. And even though the killers' identities, including the sheriff's deputy, were an open secret, no one was charged with murder in the months and years that followed.

It took forty-one years before the mastermind was brought to trial and finally convicted for the three innocent lives he took. If there is one man who helped pave the way for justice, it is investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell.

In Race Against Time , Mitchell takes readers on the twisting, pulse-racing road that led to the reopening of four of the most infamous killings from the days of the Civil Rights Movement, decades after the fact. His work played a central role in bringing killers to justice for the assassination of Medgar Evers, the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer, the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham and the Mississippi Burning case. Mitchell reveals how he unearthed secret documents, found long-lost suspects and witnesses, building up evidence strong enough to take on the Klan. He takes us into every harrowing scene along the way, as when Mitchell goes into the lion's den, meeting one-on-one with the very murderers he is seeking to catch. His efforts have put four leading Klansmen behind bars, years after they thought they had gotten away with murder.

Race Against Time is an astonishing, courageous story capturing a historic race for justice, as the past is uncovered, clue by clue, and long-ignored evils are brought into the light. This is a landmark book and essential reading for all Americans.
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781451645156
Characteristics: 1 online resource (342 p.)


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Jerry Mitchell was working as a reporter for The Clarion-Ledger when the film Mississippi Burning opened in Jackson, Mississippi. The movie premiere inspired him to revisit and write about the horrific murders of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner, three civil rights workers involved in the Freedom Su... Read More »

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Mar 01, 2020

After the movie Mississippi Burning was released, Jerry Mitchell began a two-decade investigation into who killed the three Civil Rights workers. If you like John Grisham, you like this true-life accounting of what Mitchell went through to uncover the truth. He went up against strong segregation Mississippi politics to do it. This is what good investigative reporting is all about. He’s an example of why we should continue to fight for the reporter’s right to question power.


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