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How The 1964 Murders Of Chaney, Goodman, And Schwerner, Also Known As The Freedom Summer Murders, The Mississippi Civil Rights Workers' Murders And The Mississippi Burning Murders, Were Enabled By Black Informants Within The African-American Civil Rights Movement, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1991, 45 Minutes.) #MurdersOfChaneyGoodmanAndSchwerner #FreedomSummerMurders #MississippiCivilRightsWorkersMurders #MississippiBurningMurders #JamesChaney #AndrewGoodman #MichaelSchwarner #NeshobaCountyMI #FreedomSummer #COFO #CouncilOfFederatedOrganizations #CORE #CongressOfRacialEquality #WhiteKnightsOfTheKuKluxKlan #KKK #NeshobaCountySheriffsOffice #CecilPrice #EdgarRayKillen #PhiladelphiaMIPoliceDepartment #FBI USNavy #CivilRightsActOf1964 #VotingRightsActOf1965 #Mississippi #AfricanAmericanCivilRightsMovement #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
In June of 1964, three civil rights workers - James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner - were murdered while campaigning to register black voters in Mississippi. The killings were carried by local members of the Ku Klux Klan. But though Klansmen pulled the triggers, they also relied heavily on Mississippi government agencies with information vital to the crime. This report reveals how the government, in turn, relied upon black informants in the civil rights movement itself. These spies supplied the details the white authorities needed to block the progress of the civil rights movement by whatever means necessary - including murder.
The Murders Of Chaney, Goodman, And Schwerner, also known as the Freedom Summer Murders, The Mississippi Civil Rights Workers' Murders or The Mississippi Burning Murders, refers to three activists who were abducted and murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi, in June 1964 during the Civil Rights Movement. The victims were James Chaney from Meridian, Mississippi, and Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner from New York City. All three were associated with the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) and its member organization, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). They had been working with the Freedom Summer campaign by attempting to register African Americans in Mississippi to vote. Since 1890 and through the turn of the century, southern states had systematically disenfranchised most black voters by discrimination in voter registration and voting. The three men had traveled from Meridian to the community of Longdale to talk with congregation members at a black church that had been burned; the church had been a center of community organization. The trio was arrested following a traffic stop for speeding outside Philadelphia, Mississippi, escorted to the local jail, and held for a number of hours. As the three left town in their car, they were followed by law enforcement and others. Before leaving Neshoba County, their car was pulled over. The three were abducted, driven to another location, and shot to death at close range. The three men's bodies were taken to an earthen dam where they were buried. The disappearance of the three men was initially investigated as a missing persons case. The civil rights workers' burnt-out car was found near a swamp three days after their disappearance. An extensive search of the area was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), local and state authorities, and four hundred United States Navy sailors. The three men's bodies were not discovered until two months later, when the team received a tip. During the investigation it emerged that members of the local White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Neshoba County Sheriff's Office, and the Philadelphia Police Department were involved in the incident. The murder of the activists sparked national outrage and an extensive federal investigation, filed as Mississippi Burning (MIBURN), which later became the title of a 1988 film loosely based on the events. In 1967, after the state government refused to prosecute, the United States federal government charged eighteen individuals with civil rights violations. Seven were convicted and received relatively minor sentences for their actions. Outrage over the activists' disappearances helped gain passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Forty-one years after the murders took place, one perpetrator, Edgar Ray Killen, was charged by the state of Mississippi for his part in the crimes. In 2005 he was convicted of three counts of manslaughter and was given a 60-year sentence. On June 20, 2016, federal and state authorities officially closed the case, ending the possibility of further prosecution. Killen died in prison in January 2018.