Where Rebels Roost
Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited
Publisher: M. Susan Orr Klopfer, MBA
Publication Date: July 1, 2005
No. Pages: 668
Nine-page Selected Bibliography/Citations: 73 Books; 3 Dissertations; 47 Articles; 32 Collections, Interviews, Oral Histories.
Twenty-pages/ Lists of Dead/References 900+ names and information of African Americans lynched and murdered in Mississippi from 1870 to 1970 (references Southern Law & Poverty Center, NAACP, Tuskegee Institute, individual family and friends, personal research).
Sixteen-page/160+ Names of Emmett Till Principles/Names and biographies of people close to this case, from lawyers, witnesses, judges and jurors to police, politicians, friends and families.
Over one hundred specific Sovereignty Commission Documents, references given.
M. Susan Orr Klopfer, MBA
With Fred J. Klopfer, PhD and
Barry C. Klopfer, Esq.
Foreword by Benjamin T. Greenberg
Geoffrey F.X. O’Connell
Dedicated to the memory of Birdia Keglar, James “Sonny Boy” Keglar, Adeline Hamlet, Grafton Gray, Cleve McDowell and Sam Block.
Where Rebels Roost: Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited is nonfiction. Descriptions and dialogue are based on interviews conducted with eyewitnesses and participants in the events described. In addition, newspapers, books, journal and magazine accounts were used. Other resources were documents, letters, diaries, and oral histories from various libraries, archives and private collections. Two other primary sources used were government materials provided under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and material from the archives of the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, available online. The project was initiated in August of 2003 and completed June 30, 2005.
Foreword by Benjamin T. Greenberg vii
Book One History to Learn From
Chapter 1 From the Delta 3
Chapter 2 On Becoming Mississippi 0
Chapter 3 Hands that Picked the Cotton 27
Chapter 4 War of Aggression 36
Chapter 5 Freedom’s Taste 57
Chapter 6 Power of Terrorism 91
Chapter 7 Integration ‘Impossible’ 107
Chapter 8 Under the Microscope 129
Book Two Still Time To Learn
Chapter 9 Mississippi Stories 150
Chapter 10 Veterans Challenge the System 158
Chapter 11 War Rumors Hang Around 167
Chapter 12 Post War Civil Rights 178
Chapter 13 Brown & White Citizens Councils 188
Chapter 14 Bloody Belzoni 211
Chapter 15 Emmett Till 220
Chapter 16 The Meltons of Glendora 251
Chapter 17 Surviving Mississippi 266
Chapter 18 Registering Voters 277
Chapter 19 Mission Implausible 308
Chapter 20 Pushing the System 321
Chapter 21 Cleve McDowell 353
Chapter 22 Medgar Evers 366
Chapter 23 De’ Lay 371
Chapter 24 Follow the Money 391
Chapter 25 Chaney, Goodman & Schwerner 405
Chapter 26 Let the Summer Begin 430
Chapter 27 Klandestine 438
Chapter 28 Freedom Democrats 452
Chapter 29 Not Afraid 465
Chapter 30 Birdia Keglar 479
Chapter 31 Self Preservation 492
Chapter 32 Advocacy Building 510
Chapter 33 More Violence to Reconcile 529
Chapter 34 A Place in Time 559
Lists of the Dead 579
The People of Emmett Till 600
WeBlog: Mack Charles Parker: 617
Selected Bibliography 618
About the Authors 627