American Insurrection

American Insurrection - Cameron Vollmuth Jon Shelton Hist...

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Cameron Vollmuth Jon Shelton Hist 157 Prof. Ross American Insurrection Paper In the fall of 1962, a man named James Meredith applied for admission to the University of Mississippi. James Meredith was not an ordinary man though; Mr. Meredith was of a different race, a black man. American Insurrection deals with the events of the whole process and allows readers the insight into the, as Doyle calls it, “the biggest domestic crisis of the 20 th century”. The attempt by Meredith to integrate the University of Mississippi lets us see how no one in Cold War America was ready for, or wanted, political or social change in his or her own country and how strongly opposed this issue actually was. Many pointed out the hypocrisy of the United Sates during this time period because they were a country fighting for freedom and hoping to become a leader in the free world, meanwhile so many of American citizens were being subjected to racial discrimination. James Meredith was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi on June 25 th , 1933. Meredith enlisted in the United States Air Force right out of high school and served for 9 years, from 1951 to 1960. Upon his return, he attended Jackson State College for 2 years. After that, Meredith had decided that he wanted to be the first black student at the University of Mississippi. James Meredith was also an intense civil rights activist in the south, and was always fighting for something. There could not have been a better candidate to test the waters of integration at a southern university.
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Doyle wrote that, "Meredith was simply a man who was ten, or twenty, or forty years ahead of his time, like a man from the twentyfirst century dropped through a time warp into America's racial prehistory. The prospect of living out his life in the Dark Age of a segregated Mississippi was simply unacceptable to him. James Meredith wanted the world, and he wanted it now. As he later explained, 'I asked myself the question, 'Why should it be someone else?' If people keep placing the responsibility with someone else, nothing will ever be accomplished.'" This quote
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