“’Shaw,’ we had read in the SNCC circular on various towns,’ is a depressing little town studiply [sic] and uselessly stuck in the middle of the cotton fields…But we were unprepared for the reality of the depression we were to experience.”

Charles Sowerwine, letter home  to his family

DESCRIPTION: [Under construction] This interactive map uses 1960s census data to visualize the social demographics of the Mississippi Summer Project. Explore SNCC’s research to learn more about the ways fieldworkers used census data in their work and how they used it to map their summer project. Click on the county to learn more about the demographics of the community.

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SOURCE: U.S. Census, “Population by Poverty” (1960, Census.gov); U.S. Census, “Nonwhite Populations” (1960, NHGIS.org).

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