Although the student nonviolent coordinating committee sncc had labored for civil rights in rural mississippi since 1961 the organization found that intense and often violent resistance by segregationists in rural areas of mississippi would not allow for the kind of direct action campaigns that had been successful in urban areas such as montgomery and birmingham. Freedom summer was a highly publicized campaign in the deep south to register blacks to vote during the summer of 1964 during the summer of 1964 thousands of civil rights activists many of them white college students from the north descended on mississippi and other southern states to try to end the long time political disenfranchisement of african americans in the region although black . Freedom summer deborah wiles jerome lagarrigue on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers john henry swims better than anyone i know he crawls like a catfish blows bubbles like a swamp monster
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