From 1961 to 1964 McComb, Mississippi and Pike County were the crucible of the American civil rights movement. From the first efforts to register black voters in 1961 to the unprecedented level of violence that arose in 1964 with the reemergence of the Klan and led to McComb being dubbed “the dynamite capitol of the world”.

Want to see how it really happened? Reporter Mac Gordon lays out who did what and why as only a native son can.

When I attended the first book signing at Lemuria Bookstore in Jackson, Mississippi the store was filled with a who’s who of the civil rights movement and the most frequent comment I overheard was, “This is exactly how it was.”