New Resource: James Meredith, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Integration of the University of Mississippi

This collection documents James Meredith’s attempt to integrate the then all-white University of Mississippi in fall 1962 and the immediate aftermath. Mississippi’s refusal to allow Meredith to register led to a showdown between state and federal authorities and the storming of the campus by a segregationist mob. Two people died and dozens were injured. In the end, Ole Miss, the state of Mississippi, and the nation were forever changed. This database contains extensive FBI documentation on Meredith’s battle to enroll at the University of Mississippi in 1962 and white political and social backlash, including his correspondence with the NAACP and positive and negative letters Meredith received from around the world during his ordeal.

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