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

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

Date: 1964 ca.

Description: An integrated group sing-along at a Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) function.

Date: 1964 ca.

Description: A man holds a sign, likely referring to Leflore County in Mississippi, at a Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) function.

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.

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

Photograph

Man Waving Cap

Date: 1928-11-01 

Description: A man wearing overalls and a bow tie and carrying a lunchbox waves his cap, as part of the "You know me Al" presidential campaign of Alfred E. Smith. This...

Date: 1972 

Description: Campaign poster to Re-elect President Richard M. Nixon. Nixon is seated on steps with a young boy. A banner above the image reads "For the first time in 20...

Date: 1948-12-11 before

Description: Two cartoons (by Clifford K. Berryman?) for the winter dinner of the Gridiron Club, each entitled, "Gridiron Forecast 1948": one of Thomas Dewey holding a...

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: 1904-05 

Description: Group portrait of the delegates to the First National Convention of the Socialist Party of the United States.

Date: 1964 ca.

Description: An integrated group of people stand outdoors in coats and hats. A man in a light-colored shirt in the foreground, probably civil rights activist and MFDP m...

Date: 1953 

Description: Portrait of Glenn Davis in a necktie with an autograph to Warren Knowles, which reads, "For my friend Warren Knowles, to whom the people of Wisconsin, and...

Date: 1972 

Description: Poster for 1972 Presidential Campaign. Poster features a head and shoulder profile of George McGovern. George Stanley McGovern, (born July 19, 1922) was a...

Date: 1957-08 

Description: Algerian National Liberation Front members fire off their weapons into the desert. One man is crouching in front of another, while another man watches them...

Date: 1957-08 

Description: Algerian National Liberation Front members gather for a meeting while sitting on the floor of a tent. Two men are wearing turbans, one of them holding pape...

Date: 1963 

Description: Meeting of the anti-Castro group Commandos L. Men sit and stand around a kitchen table with a radio receiver and transmitter. Tony Cuesta sits at one end o...

Photograph

Algerian Man

Date: 1957-08 

Description: An Algerian member of the National Liberation Front looks over his shoulder at the camera. He is climbing into a tree.

Date: 1912 

Description: Official Primary Ballot for the Republican Party on Tuesday September 3, 1912.

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...

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