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Long, Hot Summer ‘64; Program Eight


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Long, Hot Summer ‘64
Program Eight
Series Description

Radio. "Series of weekly programs focusing on the summer's civil rights struggle" Series release date: 1964

Program Description

Series description: Radio. "Series of weekly programs focusing on the summer's civil rights struggle"

Program focuses on recent events in Mississippi.

Ted Mascott interviews, by phone, Barbara MIller, a northern teacher on an exchange program in Mississippi who is contributing reporting coverage of COFO's efforts in Mississippi during the 1964 Freedom Summer. By 7/30/64, COFO had been in MS for six weeks. Miller reports that COFO's efforts have been moderately successful to date but that the perception of them is mixed within the moderate white community. Miller observes that many COFO volunteers are motley in personal appearance and in the image conscience South appearance counts for much. Miller's quote is that many Southerners see COFO as a "beatnik" invasion, in dire need of a public relations manager.

Miller also discusses the Barry Goldwater factor in MS now that Goldwater has declared for the presidency. The perception is that the black community will support Johnson and with the adding emergence of the "Freedom Democrat Party" it widely held that Goldwater will win MS in the presidential election. Miller also perceives that most moderate whites in the South believe the Northern press are sensationalizing the race issue and are extrapolating general views from isolated incidents.

Balance of program is devoted to coverage of the tear gas bombing of Robert Miles' house in Batesville, MS. Miles, a black man active in the COFO registration drive, also was hosting three white COFO volunteers from the North. Jeff Cowan, a COFO volunteer interviews Miles shortly after the attack.

Later Ted Mascott interviews Tim Morris, a COFO volunteer from East Lansing, MI who was stayed with Morris.

Program ends with the reading of a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Siegel, white Northerners, from their daughter Ellen, who is currently in jail for her efforts in support of COFO initiatives. Narrative voice is that of Ellen's mother.



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Broadcast program

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News Report
Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
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