MISSISSIPPI: Nothing Can Save Us

Segregationist by creed but able lawyer by profession, Mississippi's Governor James Plemon Coleman is no man to fool around with racist lawlessness. Last month, when a bunch of masked toughs broke into a jail at Poplarville (pop. 2,500) to abduct and kill an accused Negro rapist named Mack Charles Parker, Governor Coleman acted swiftly and sensibly: he asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to enter the case. From that point on, event followed event with the predictability of a Pearl White flicker.

Reel One: No sooner had FBI agents arrived on the scene than wild cries of "brutality" began to...

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