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Race Against Time

A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era

by Jerry Mitchell

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    Feb 2020, 432 pages

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Investigative journalist Jerry Mitchell documents his work reviving cold cases from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s.

Jerry Mitchell spent nearly three decades trailing cold cases from the Civil Rights Movement. As a court reporter in the 1980s, he covered day-to-day cases for the Clarion-Ledger, a respected Jackson, Mississippi paper. When he received a lead about an old Civil Rights Era murder case (see Beyond the Book), he shifted his investigative work to unveiling the truths of the past. His efforts reignited the legal process in several instances, and today, he's known for chipping away at some of the most notorious race cases in Mississippi and the surrounding South. In Race Against Time, Mitchell relays his detective work through the late-80s, '90s and '00s, describing the paths these cases took in and out of the courtroom—from interviewing the Ku Klux Klan to discovering secret FBI spy documents called the Sovereignty Commission files.

Throughout the '50s and '60s, hundreds of people ...

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