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Spies of Mississippi

Spies of Mississippi

by Rick Bowers

This is the compelling story of how state spies tried to block voting rights for African Americans during the Civil Rights era, shedding new light on one of the most momentous periods in American history.

Author Rick Bowers has combed through primary-source materials and interviewed surviving activists named in once-secret files. Readers get firsthand accounts of how neighbors spied on neighbors, teachers spied on students, ministers spied on churchgoers, and spies even spied on spies.

2011 YALSA Award Finalist

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 11
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Number of Pages
Informational Text

About the Author

Rick Bowers Rick Bowers is the author of the 2011 YALSA Award finalist "Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement."

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