My reaction in regards to the events associated with Freedom Summer 1964 where it was depicted in the film Mississippi Burning was horrific. There is no reason to simply murder three people. Nonetheless, absolutely no reason at all to murder three people based on their beliefs and intentions. The methods that the Ku Klux Klan members had used to torture their targets are sickening and horrendous. No one should ever have to go through and experience that type of torment ever. The firebombing and burning of church Mt. Zion was extremely uncalled for. Who in their right mind would even consider burning down such a holy and religious site as a church in the first place, whatever type of church it may happen to be.
The means of torture in this movie is worse than brutal; burning down houses, killing and destroying the people inside along with their possessions, ripping apart families and traumatising small children.
Even though the film had such scenes, I quite enjoyed the fact that as a result of being alienated by the rest of the population, the blacks formed a closer relationship to one another than they would have normally creating the feeling of a really close tight-knit community.
How historically accurate is this movie?
The accuracy of this movie historically is somewhat accurate. The main points of the event have been evident throughout this movie. However, this movie may have been made more dramatic to attract an audience. For example, the repeated act of burning the cross is, I believe, over-exaggerated. It would have been acted out many times in the movie to create a melodramatic effect towards the viewers while in real life may not have been that dramatic. The image of the three civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, in the movie is not exact to how the actual workers did look. Their names were