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Acknowledgments Numerous people had a hand in the shaping and direction of this manuscript, and I apologize in advance for any omissions . Thanks go to Charles Eagles, Charles Ross, Robert Haws, and John Winkle at the University of Mississippi. I would also like to thank the faculty of the Department of History and Art History, especially Barbara Brookes and Russell Johnson, for their suggestions. John Boles and Randall Hall, as well as the rest of the staff of the Journal of Southern History deserve thanks for their editorial comments on the article that I drew from this manuscript, which in turn influenced the entire work. The staffs at the J. D. Williams Library and the Law Library at the University of Mississippi, as well as at Special Collections at Clemson University and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, were all a great help. A special thanks to Mattie Abraham and the staff at Special Collections at Mississippi State University. Working in the MSU archives with such a friendly and helpful staff is always a pleasure. My employer, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, has generously supported this project, through the actions of Associate Vice Chancellor Joseph Figueira and Dean Douglas Coe. Thanks also go to all the interviewees who took time out of their schedules to talk to me. The two people who are most responsible for this project, aside from myself, I have saved for last. One is Coach Jamie Cone, my seventhgrade Texas History teacher at Miller Intermediate in Pasadena, Texas, xii | Acknowledgments who sparked my love for history and set me on the long road to academia and scholarship. The other is my mother, Nancy, who supported and encouraged me even when I doubted myself and always felt I was following the right path for my career and life. Without her love and support none of this would have been possible. After Freedom Summer ...


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