What happened to several of the volunteers in Philadelphia, Mississippi during the Freedom Summer?
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The most well-known thing that happened to a few (there were three of them, which would not typically be called “several”) of the Freedom Summer volunteers in Philadelphia, Mississippi was that they got killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan. The names of these three volunteers were James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. Chaney was an African American from Mississippi while the other two were white men from the North. The three men were working to try to get people registered to vote. They were also doing things like trying to set up “Freedom Schools.” They were abducted and killed on the night of June 21 to 22, 1964. Many people, including a number of law enforcement officers, were involved in their deaths. Their deaths were one of the things that helped cause outrage among whites in the North, helping to force the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
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