Starting in 1958 the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission gathered information and disseminated it to local law enforcement, the Klan, Citizen’s Councils, and anyone else who could combat integration.  Juries were rigged.  Blacks were bribed to serve as informants.  The State of Mississippi was as an accessory to murder.

By 1972 the commission had become a liability.  It knew too much.  Some of the files—the most incriminating—were burned and lost forever.  The rest were sealed and stashed.  The ACLU sued to open the files, prompting twenty years of litigation.  That April a Mississippi judge had found for the ACLU.  Legit and amateur historians alike converged on Mississippi, prompting Johnson Calvert to call me with a preemptive yet incomplete confession.


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