The KGB Of Mississippi

A shadowy state agency that spied on civil rights workers opens its files

Change comes more slowly to some places than others. Slowest of all, perhaps, to Mississippi, where only last week did the cold war finally end.

Not the global cold war, of course, but a Southern version writ small and mean: a war by Jim Crow segregationists defending their "way of life" against those they saw as insurgents and traitors. The major battles have long since become part of the national consciousness--Martin Luther King Jr. writing from the Birmingham jail, Freedom Riders enduring hatred at every stop, Bull Connor hosing down children like animals. But last week America learned much more about...

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