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Racism on Trial

From the Medgar Evers Murder Case to Ghosts of Mississippi

Series: Famous Court Cases That Became Movies

By Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin

After Medgar Evers, a civil rights worker, was shot in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1963, a local white supremacist named Byron De La Beckwith was arrested for the crime. Two court cases ended in mistrials. But due to the efforts of Evers’s widow Myrlie and District Attorney Bobby DeLaughter, Beckwith was finally brought to justice more than thirty years after the murder. Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin describe the history of the crime, the legal concepts involved, and the movie made about the events, GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI.

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Reviews

"Books about notable court cases are nothing new, but the inclusion of movies inspired by them is an alluring twist. These authors explain complex issues in an easy-to-follow manner . . . Sources are well-documented, making this series a promising staple for reports."

School Library Journal, April 2009

"This series provides detailed accounts of the court cases in question . . ."

The Horn Book Guide, Fall 2009

"This new series will interest readers ages eleven and up."

MultiCultural Review, Fall 2009

"This is a fascinating recount of the civil rights movement in Mississippi and the long effort to convict the murderer of Medgar Evers."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, March 2009

"Both books are well-written, and packed with information about the two cases . . . Providing compact, but comprehensive and interesting accounts of two notable American cases, these titles are recommended for middle and high school libraries."

Catholic Library World, December 2010

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