The Case of the Supposedly Sealed Files--And What They Revealed

September 2011
Nieman Reports;Fall2011, Vol. 65 Issue 3, p17
The author relates his experience of reinvestigating the 1964 killings by the Ku Klux Klan and what he learned from the secret files of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission. A secret agent pretended as a civil rights worker and gained the trust of the Council of Federated Organizations before he stole information on Freedom Summer volunteers. The documents also revealed that the Klansmen spied on civil rights worker Michael Schwerner and his wife Rita before they killed him.


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