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Devery S. AndersonBy Devery S. Anderson
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Devery S. AndersonBy Devery S. Anderson
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About

Most of the volunteers who participated in Freedom Summer are still living but are now in their seventies and eighties. Thus this book is important, and the time for me to do it is NOW. Many have never been interviewed since their Mississippi experience, yet all have unique stories to tell. My goal is to write the most thoroughly researched book yet to appear on Freedom Summer, when black activists in Mississippi and white students from the North descended upon the Magnolia State in June 1964, intent on increasing black voter registration. Only around 7 percent of Mississippi blacks were registered to vote at the time, primarily because state and local officials did all they could to create obstacles that made this right nearly impossible to achieve. The white response to Freedom Summer was predictable, and a violent, murderous backlash was immediate. 

I am seeking the funds through this campaign to make several research trips to interview participants, scour archival collections housed in libraries, and to conduct newspaper and other research of valuable materials not yet available online or through interlibrary loan. I will also pay research assistants to conduct some of this research when I am not able to travel. I will be as thorough as I was with Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement, which as you know, was met with high acclaim. 

Please help me by contributing to this project. Look closely at the various rewards I am offering for donating and see which one works best for you. And thank you so much for your support. If you are so inclined, please share this link so that others outside of my reach might take part.

Risks and challenges

The research needed to write the definitive book on Freedom Summer will require hours and hours of interviews, archival research, and travel. I have mapped out what I believe it will cost me to fully research this book.

I have also mapped out how long it will take me. I am committed to write a book that will stand the test of time, and have methodically looked at the time it will take me to both research and write it, and have set a goal for December 2019 to have it ready. I have a literary agent now who will shop the book around to national publishers. Although I will be dependent upon a publisher for the actual release date, I will keep all backers informed should there be any delays.

I will also keep all backers fully informed of the research trips that I take, and what I accomplished on each one. Rest assured, my travel costs for my own personal pleasure, such as vacations or other business, will be covered by my own funds and NOT those of this campaign. I will post my progress quarterly and will also answer any questions my backers have at any time regarding the project. Your trust in me to follow through is something I do not take lightly; I see it as a sacred trust, and I hope that my past experience in researching and writing will have created the trust you feel you need in me regarding my motives and intent. Transparency is important to me and I will do my part in maintaining that.

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