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Some useful audio-visual documents on the Civil Rights Movement

A PBS documentary on the Freedom Riders of the summer of 1961

A newsreel about the violence that erupted at the University of Mississippi after a black student attempted to register and the ensuing political wrangling between Kennedy and the state governor, Ross Barnett.

Audio from phone conversation between Kennedy and governor Barnett

Kennedy’s televised address in the wake of attempts to desegregate the South’s universities, bus stations and lunch-counters.

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