Show Business: Fire This Time

With incendiary drama and a lightning pace, Mississippi Burning illuminates an ugly chapter in American history -- and stokes a bitter debate

A visitor to our community finds an old-fashioned welcome and a degree of friendliness that exists in no other place . . . Numerous lakes and ponds offer fine year-around fishing, and for the hunter Neshoba County is a paradise.

-- Chamber of Commerce brochure, Neshoba County, Miss., 1964

Wasn't that a time? Each year of the early 1960s brought new images of heroism and horror as the civil rights movement spread through the South like kudzu. 1960: four Negro students sit in at a Greensboro, N.C., lunch counter. 1961: the Congress of Racial Equality inaugurates its Freedom Rides to integrate...

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