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How did the Freedom Summer impact the civil rights movement of African Americans in US history?

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The Freedom Summer project, which began as a voter registration campaign in Mississippi in 1964, impacted the broader movement for civil rights in a number of important ways.

First, the campaign helped build popular support for federal legislation to protect voting rights for African Americans. It illustrated the will of black Mississippians to vote—thousands participated in a mock vote held prior to Freedom Summer—and it also illustrated the violence with which white Mississippian leaders resisted black aspirations to political agency. The deaths of Michael Schwarmer, Andrew Goodman, and James...

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