TITLE: James Meredith & the Ole Miss Riot
SPEAKER: Henry T. Gallagher
EVENT DATE: 11/27/2012
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 48 minutes
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In September 1962, James Meredith became the first African American admitted to the University of Mississippi. A milestone in the civil rights movement, his admission triggered a riot spurred by a mob of 3,000 whites from across the South and all-but- officially stoked by the state's segregationist authorities. The escalating conflict prompted President John F. Kennedy to send in 20,000 regular Army troops, in addition to federalized Mississippi National Guard soldiers, to restore law and order. "James Meredith and the Ole Miss Riot" is the memoir of one of the participants, a young Army second lieutenant named Henry T. Gallagher, born and raised in Minnesota.
SERIES: Books & Beyond