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1.

Free State of Jones

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The story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.
DVD
2016
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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As I Lay Dying

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Tells the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's mission to honor her desire to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.
DVD
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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Spies of Mississippi

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Enter the chilling world of anti-civil rights espionage. The film reveals in shocking detail the state of Mississippi's effort to undermine the civil rights movement using a vast network of spies. Their identities will be shocking. Whites and Blacks spied for Old Dixie. And the Sovereignty Commission would stop at nothing, even murder, to retain the 'Mississippi way of life.'
DVD
2014; 2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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Panola

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This documentary film focuses on the life of an African American man living in Natchez, Mississippi at the height of the civil rights movement. He simply talks about his living and working conditions, and tries to make sense of the violence and non-violence efforts to break down segregation.
DVD
2005; 1970
Clemons (Stacks)
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Black Natchez

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In 1965, as the civil rights movement was heating up in the South, Edward Pincus and David Neuman traveled down to Natchez, Miss. to document what was happening in the Black community. The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the NAACP were both working to organize the Black community, each with a very different approach, which created deep factions in the community's struggle against segregation.
DVD
2005; 1965
Clemons (Stacks)
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Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues

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Eugene Morris Jerome finds himself far from his Brooklyn home when he is sent to basic training in 1943 Biloxi, Miss. He encounters a tough drill sergeant and a platoon of hostile recruits, but maintains his sense of humor.
DVD
2003; 1988
Clemons (Stacks)
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We'll Never Turn Back

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Documents the attempt of Negro citizens in Mississippi to register and vote despite intimidation, official brutality, and violence. Giving voices to the ordinary people who risked so much to win the right to vote the film includes interviews with black farmers and share croppers, along with an interview with Fannie Lou Hamer, on their often bloody experiences.
DVD
2004; 1963
Clemons (Stacks)
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A Dream Deferred

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A film originally produced by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) for its southern voter registration drive in 1964, the year of the Mississippi summer. It contains interviews with activists, voter registrants and leaders, including the now famous speech by Fannie Lou Hamer.
DVD
2004; 1964
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Help

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In 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives, and a small Mississippi town, upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up, to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community.
DVD
2011
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Prom Night in Mississippi

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In 1997, actor Morgan Freeman, a resident of the small town of Charleston, Miss., offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School under one condition: the prom must be racially integrated. His offer was ignored. In 2008 he offered again, and the offer was accepted, changing the tradition of two separate proms for blacks and whites that had endured since the high school was integrated in 1970. Shows the problems and lessons learned as the event was planned and held. With comments from Morgan Freeman, students, and others. Intended to explore attitudes of racial intolerance that still persist today. In 2008, Charleston High School had 415 students, 70% black and 30% white.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Mississippi and the 15th Amendment

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A college student, a schoolteacher and a fellow of the National Science Foundation were all three ruled illiterate by the local circuit clerk and ineligible to vote. Filmed in 1962, this program reveals the double standards and the dangers faced by African-Americans registering to vote in Mississippi. Interviews with local officials, segregationists, lawyers, clergy and citizens on both sides of the color line expose what amounted to a tacit conspiracy to deprive certain people of their constitutional right to stand up and be counted.
DVD
2003; 1962
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Murder of Emmett Till

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The murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a black boy who whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955, was a powerful catalyst for the civil rights movement. Although Till's killers were apprehended, they were quickly acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury and proceeded to sell their story to a journalist, providing grisly details of the murder. Three months after Till's body was recovered, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began.
DVD
2004; 2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Mississippi, America

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This program gives testimony to persistence and courage in the face of oppression, as citizens and the lawyers who volunteered to help them confront life-threatening violence and government repression in order to win the right to vote.
VHS
1998; 1995
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Neshoba: The Price of Freedom

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Neshoba: the price of freedom tells the story of a Mississippi town still divided about the meaning of justice, 40 years after the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, an event dramatized in the Oscar-winning film Mississippi Burning. Although Klansmen bragged about what they did in 1964, no one was held accountable until 2005, when the State indicted preacher Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old notorious racist and mastermind of the murders. Through exclusive interviews with Killen, intimate interviews with the victims' families, and candid interviews with black and white Neshoba county citizens still struggling with their town's violent past, the film explores whether the prosecution of one unrepentant Klansman constitutes justice and w [...]
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ballast

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In the cold winter light of the Mississippi Delta, three lonely people stumble under the weight of a shared tragedy. Lawrence is paralyzed with grief after the suicide of his twin brother. Twelve-year-old James drifts into the perilous orbit of local teenagers while his single mother, Marlee, is too exhausted from her menial job to interpret the clues. Sudden violence forces mother and son to flee their home and they alight on Lawrence's property. This safe harbor rekindles the fury of a bitter, longstanding conflict.
DVD
2009; 2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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Mississippi Masala

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In this exotic and erotic interracial love story, an African American businessman falls for a beautiful Indian immigrant, only to encounter shock and outrage from both families.
DVD
2003; 1991
Clemons (Stacks)
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A Time to Kill

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A murder trial brings a small Mississippi town's racial tension to the flashpoint. Amid a frenzy of activist marches, Klan terror, media clamor and brutal riots, an unseasoned but idealistic young attorney mounts a stirring courtroom battle for justice.
DVD
1997
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Mississippi Burning

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Set in Mississippi in 1964, this is a fictionalized version of the case of the murder of three young civil rights workers, the FBI's attempts to find the missing boys and the clash between the authorities and the locals in a Klan-dominated town.
DVD
2001; 1988
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Prince Among Slaves

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In 1788, a slave ship sailed from the Gambia River, its hold laden with a profitable but highly perishable cargo - hundreds of men, women and children bound in chains. Eight months later, a handful of survivors found themselves for sale in Natchez, Mississippi. One of them, a 26-year-old named Abdul Rahman, made an astonishing claim: he was a prince of an African kingdom larger and more developed than the newly formed United States. This is the true story of an African prince who endured the humiliation of slavery without every losing his dignity or hope of freedom.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)