Signing and Reading of “Won Over” by William Alsup

What was it like growing up white in Mississippi as the civil rights movement exploded in the 1950s and ‘60s? How did some white children reconcile the decency and fairness taught by their parents with the indecency and unfairness of the Mississippi “Way of Life,” the euphemism applied to Jim Crow segregation? Won Over: Reflections of a Federal Judge on His Journey from Jim Crow Mississippi by William Alsup traces the influences that drew the author from accepted Southern attitudes toward a color-blind ideal. These influences included his older sister, Willana, his closest circle of friends, a charismatic mentor in college, and the moral force of the civil rights movement.

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