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Date: 1968 

Description: Several members of the Wisconsin delegation who support Eugene McCarthy, gather around the state sign at the National Democratic Convention. Only Hilton H...

Date: 1964 ca.

Description: Victoria Gray, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) candidate, speaks at an MFDP meeting. In the background a man stand in front of an empty stage....

Date: 1964 ca.

Description: A woman wearing a knit cap stands in front of a microphone. The badge on her chest identifies her as an MFDP member from Hinds County. Three men behind her...

Date: 1971-02 ca.

Description: Poster advocating the liberation of Angela Davis, an American Communist organizer and professor associated with the Black Panther movement. Created by The...

Date: 1965 ca.

Description: Three women, another adult seated in a chair on the left, and three children are gathered in a small room. "Mrs. Lester Davidson, candidate for the ASCS (A...

Read an overview of this pivotal event in the nation's civil rights era

Introduce students to Freedom Summer with this overview of key events. Each slide contains images of original documents and notes to help guide discussion

Date: 1964 ca.

Description: A woman identified as Unita Blackwell speaks before an audience at a Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) function.

Follow the progression of key events before, during and after Freedom Summer. Contains links to original documents

Date: 2012 

Description: Framed assortment of political campaign buttons for Barack Obama and running mate Joe Biden, and Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan. Two of the buttons...

Date: 1965 ca.

Description: A woman and a man stand and talk to a seated woman. The standing woman is showing her papers. In the background, a man sits on a sofa talking to a child se...

Brief descriptions and links to original documents created by CORE, SNCC, COFO, local residents, volunteers and opponents. Organized by topic

Guide or Instruction

Freedom Summer Sourcebook (PDF)

A comprehensive guide of the most important primary sources for teachers, students and researchers wanting to study Freedom Summer.

Date: 1964-08 ca.

Description: A nighttime rally on the Atlantic City boardwalk in support of the Mississipi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). Three people in front of the group carry sig...

Date: 2008 

Description: Framed assortment of political campaign buttons for John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin, and Barack Obama and running mate Joe Biden. Most represent t...

Date: 1964 ca.

Description: A room full of people at an MFDP district meeting. Signs bear the names of several counties in central Mississippi.

Date: 1964 ca.

Description: A group of young people on a sidewalk protesting with signs in support of the MFDP.

Date: 1964 ca.

Description: A woman holds a sign that reads "Stand up with the Freedom Democrats." In the left foreground is a police officer, and in the background are more people ho...

Sourcebook, PowerPoint Presentation, Video

Help students learn about the civil rights era with resources designed for teaching about Freedom Summer. Access original source documents, images, video

The Society owns one of the nation's richest collections of Civil Rights movement records, including more than 100 manuscript collections on Freedom Summer
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