In June of , three idealistic young men one black and two white were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi They were trying to register African Americans to vote as part of the Freedom Summer effort to bring democracy to the South Their disappearance and murder caused a national uproar and was one of the most significant incidents of the Civil Rights Movement, and contributed to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of The Freedom Summer Murders is the first book for young people to take a comprehensive look at the brutal murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, through to the conviction inof mastermind Edgar Ray Killen