Readings — From the March 2014 issue

Oedipus in Mississippi

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By Carol Ruth Silver, from a July 3, 1961, entry in a secret journal of her experiences at the maximum-security Mississippi State Penitentiary, in Parchman. One month earlier, the twenty-two-year-old Silver had joined a civil rights demonstration organized by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), riding a bus to the state to protest segregation in the South. She was arrested in Jackson and held at Parchman for three weeks. Freedom Rider Diary: Smuggled Notes from Parchman Prison was published last month by the University Press of Mississippi.

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