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On his own personal website Chris Crowe calls his book The Mississippi Trial, 1955 a "historical novel for teenagers." From this one can gather that he decided to write this book to teach the event that started the Civil Rights Movement to teenagers in an engaging way. History classes aren't all that exciting, but when you read a novel and hear the story "from the horses mouth," you not only remember it better, but you get to feel what the people that lived it felt, and in the process really get a sense of the impact these events had on triggering the Civil Rights Movement.
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