By Maryanne Vollers
Revised and reissued with a brand new epilogue, the award-winning vintage Ghosts of Mississippi tells the interior tale of 1 of the main rankling homicide circumstances of the civil rights period. during this old page-turner, nationwide ebook Award finalist Maryanne Vollers exposes a state’s fight to confront the ghosts of its violent prior with a purpose to convey a killer to justice.
The civil rights circulation used to be simply catching hearth in Mississippi at the evening in 1963 whilst white supremacist Byron De l. a. Beckwith crouched within the honeysuckle around the road from NAACP chief Medgar Evers’s residence and shot him within the again. 3 trials and thirty years later, a jury convicted Beckwith of homicide and despatched him to felony for all times. Drawing on her infrequent entry to the prosecutors, the Evers family members and Beckwith himself, Vollers recreates the occasions of Evers’s lifestyles and loss of life, weaving jointly an exhilarating story of racism, homicide, braveness, redemption, and the final word triumph of justice.
In a brand new epilogue, written at the 50th anniversary of Evers’s assassination, Vollers updates the most characters and examines efforts during the last 20 years to convey extra unpunished killers to trial. Her verdict: The ghosts of Mississippi are nonetheless stressed.
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