Mississippi Burning (motion picture):
A Selective Bibliography of Materials in the UC Berkeley Library


Arthur, Paul.
"Hollywood: the dustbin of history." ("Mississippi Burning," and the portrayal of history in movies) (column) USA Today (Magazine) v117, n2528 (May, 1989):35 (1 page).

Bland, Elizabeth L.; White, Jack E.; Corliss, Richard.
"Fire This Time": with incendiary drama and and lightning pace, Mississippi Burning illuminates an ugly chapter in American history - and stokes a bitter debate. (includes related articles on Gene Hackman and the controversy surrounding the movie). Time v133, n2 (Jan 9, 1989):56 (6 pages).

Bourgeois, Henry
"Hollywood and the civil rights movement: The case of Mississippi burning." Howard Journal of Communications, Volume 4, Issue 1 & 2 Summer 1992 , pages 157 - 163
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Brinson, Susan L.
"The Myth of White Superiority in 'Mississippi Burning.'" Southern Communication Journal v60, n3 (Spring, 1995):211 (11 pages).
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Carnes, Mark C
"Film and History: Shooting (Down) the Past: Historians vs. Hollywood." Cineaste - America's Leading Magazine on the Art and Politics of the Cinema 29:2 (Spring 2004) p. 45-49
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Chafe, William H.
"Mississippi Burning." In: Past imperfect : history according to the movies
General editor, Mark C. Carnes ; edited by Ted Mico, John Miller-Monzon, and David Rubel. New York : H. Holt, 1995.
Main (Gardner) Stacks Call No. PN1995.9.H5 P37 1995
Comparative Ethnic Studies PN1995.9.H5 P37 1995
Moffitt PN1995.9.H5 P37 1995 AVAILABLE
Pacific Film Archive PN1995.9.H5 P37 1995

Cha-Jua, Sundiata K.
"Mississippi Burning": the burning of black self-activity. Radical History Review, Fall 1989, Issue 45, p124-136, 13p
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"Civil Rights, Burned". (critique of motion-picture 'Mississippi Burning') (editorial) New York Times v138 (Fri, Dec 30, 1988):A10(N), A30(L), col 1, 5 col in.

Davis, Thulani.
"Civil Rights and Wrongs." (Mississippi Burning, a film that recreates the murder of 3 civil rights activists in 1964) (includes related article on producer Fred Zollo) American Film v14, n3 (Dec, 1988):32 (10 pages).

Dessommes, Nancy Bishop.
"Hollywood in hoods: the portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan in popular film." Journal of Popular Culture v32, n4 (Spring, 1999):13 (1 page).
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Most people in the US have obtained their knowledge of the Ku Klux Klan through motion pictures, with Klan members portrayed as gangs of ignorant, incompetent Southern white men who attack innocent blacks. The film portrayals are historically inaccurate, with the Klan a highly organized movement. The motion picture adaptation of 'Gone with the Wind' made no reference to the Klan, despite their prominence in the novel. The Klan is portrayed as a violent vigilante organisation in later films, such as 'Mississippi Burning.' Some of the Klan scenes in 'Fried Green Tomatoes,' such as public floggings, are inaccurate.

Doherty, T.
"'Mississippi Burning'" Cineaste, 1989, V17 N2:48-50.

"Gottwald's Cap." (Mississippi Burning) (editorial) Commonweal v116, n3 (Feb 10, 1989):67 (2 pages).

Higashi, Sumiko
"Walker and Mississippi Burning: Postmodernism versus Illusionist Narrative." In: The historical film : history and memory in media / edited and with an introduction by Marcia Landy. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2001.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H5 H59 2001
Pacific Film Archive PN1995.9.H5 H59 2001

Hoerl, Kristen
"Burning Mississippi into Memory? Cinematic Amnesia as a Resource for Remembering Civil Rights." Critical Studies in Media Communication, Volume 26 Issue 1 2009 Pages 54 79
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Hoerl, Kristen
"Remembering and forgetting Black power in Mississippi Burning." In: Uncovering hidden rhetorics : social issues in disguise / [edited by] Barry Brummett. Los Angeles : Sage Publications, c2008.
Main (Gardner) Stacks P301.5.S63 U96 2008

Jansson, David
"'A Geography of Racism': Internal Orientalism and the Construction of American National Identity in the Film Mississippi Burning." National Identities, Volume 7, Number 3, September 2005 , pp. 265-285(21)
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Kellman, Steven G.
"The trials of recent American film." Antioch Review; Summer92, Vol. 50 Issue 3, p566, 12p
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Presents an essay on American true-to-life motion pictures dealing with crime and the administration of justice. Includes 'The Thin Blue Line'; 'Who Killed Victor Chin?'; 'Mississippi Burning'.

Kifner, John.
"Mississippi in '64: Fact vs. Fantasy." (movie 'Freedom on My Mind' accurately conveys events of the struggle for civil rights in the South during the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964, whereas the... New York Times v143 (Wed, July 6, 1994):A13(N), B3(L), col 6, 17 col in.

King, Coretta Scott.
"Hollywood's Latest Perversion: the Civil-Rights Era as a White Experience." (film 'Mississippi Burning'; the tribulations of white people during black freedom struggle) (column) Los Angeles Times v108, secII (Tue, Dec 13, 1988):7, col 1, 12 col in.

King, Wayne.
"Fact vs. Fiction in Mississippi. (movie, 'Mississippi Burning' deals with killing of civil rights workers; includes related article) New York Times v138, sec2 (Sun, Dec 4, 1988):H15(N), H15(L), col 1, 46 col in.

Lerner, Michael.
"Mississippi Burning." (motion picture) (editorial) Tikkun v4, n2 (March-April, 1989):8 (2 pages).

Madison, Kelly J.
"Legitimation Crisis and Containment: The "Anti-Racist-White-Hero" Film." (Critical Essay) Critical Studies in Mass Communication v16, n4 (Dec, 1999):399 (18 pages).
Author Abstract: "This essay examines the way in which collective memories of struggles for African peoples' equality are constructed in mainstream film. From the late eighties to the late nineties, the film industry produced a series of thematically similar films dealing with struggles against white supremacy in the U.S. and in South Africa. In this essay I argue that movements for equality created a legitimation crisis for white supremacist patriarchal capitalism in general and white identity in particular. A textual analysis is presented in which it is argued that mainstream film helped "contain" this legitimation crisis by circulating paternalistic white supremacist discourses through which to remember key historical moments in the struggles against white supremacy. These "anti racist-white-hero films" are placed in the larger cultural context of backlash through which white supremacist patriarchal capitalism has sought to regain legitimacy in the U.S. over the past three decades." COPYRIGHT 1999 Speech Communication Association.

Marquand, Robert.
"Feelings Smolder Over 'Burning' Issue." (Blacks upset over portrayal of civil rights movement in 'Mississippi Burning') Christian Science Monitor v81, n62 (Fri, Feb 24, 1989):11, col 3, 9 col in.

McPherson, James Alan.
"Burning Memories, Mississippi 1964." (reflections on seeing "Mississippi Burning") (column) New York Times v138 (Sat, Jan 14, 1989):15(N), 25(L), col 5, 26 col in.

Minor, Bill.
"Mississippi truth: though it's pure Hollywood, the movie got the spirit right." (Mississippi Maze: 25 Years of Sullivan) Quill v77, n3 (March, 1989):24 (3 pages).

Moore, Mike.
"Mucking Up History." (journalistic importance of 'Mississippi Burning') (Mississippi Maze: 25 Years of Sullivan) (editorial) Quill v77, n3 (March, 1989):2.

Nielsen, Aldon L.
"Nostalgia and the racial epiphany." CLA Journal v39, n2 (Dec, 1995):195 (13 pages).
White Americans' cultural works that show Blacks in a negative light are criticized. In the movie 'Driving Miss Daisy,' Whites are shown to be the object of Blacks' manipulation, while in 'Mississippi Burning,' Black people are portrayed as helpless beings who are unable to chart their own fate. Poems that appear to condemn racism like that of Dave Smith, Ellen Bryant Voigt and Brooks Haxton still fail to dislodge racial status.

Rael, Patrick
"Freedom struggle films: History or Hollywood?" Socialist Review; Jul92, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p119, 12p, 3 bw
Reviews seven motion pictures about the black freedom struggle. `Cry Freedom' from Universal Pictures; 'Mississippi Burning' from Orion Pictures; 'A Dry White Season' from MGM Pictures; 'Glory' from Tri-Star Pictures; 'The Long Walk Home' from Miramax Pictures; 'The Power of One' from Warner Brothers Production; 'Malcolm X' from Forty Acres and a Mule Production.

Ressner, Jeffrey.
"The Burning Truth; Director Alan Parker's Latest Movie Tries To Tell It Like it Was in Mississippi in 1964." Rolling Stone, n539 (Nov 17, 1988):45 (2 pages).

Smith, Gavin.
"'Mississippi' Gambler; Alan Parker Rides Again."(director of "Mississippi Burning") Film Comment v24, n6 (Nov-Dec, 1988):26 (5 pages).

Rosenbaum, Jonathan
"A perversion of the past (Mississippi burning)." In: Movies as politics / Jonathan Rosenbaum. Rosenbaum, Jonathan. Berkeley : University of California Press, c1997.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.P6 R67 1997 DUE 05-14-10
Moffitt PN1995.9.P6 R67 1997
Pacific Film Archive PN1995.9.P6 R67 1997 os

Salvaggio, David William.
"Mississippi travelin' a teacher's portrait of the South with continued racism." Education v111, n4 (Summer, 1991):568 (5 pages).
Author Abstract: "The summer of 1989 witnessed the 25th anniversary of the infamous murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi. This manuscript includes interviews with parents and teachers concerning the controversial movie, "Mississippi Burning," the dramatic and somewhat fictional story of those senseless killings. The controversy of these unsolved murders continues, as recently shown by NBC's television production of "Murder in Mississippi." This manuscript carefully separates the facts from fiction, s the public should be made aware of what really happened. When a California student asked his teacher about racism in today's deep South, the teacher traveled to Mississippi in search of answers. In territory unknown to him, he studied Faulkner and interviewed both blacks and whites. Most of the whites he interviewed were blatantly racist and also reluctant to discuss the still unsolved murders. He interviewed a former cell mate of the murder suspects. He was also shown another suspect, a former sheriff. He found that racism is still taught by many parents and teachers. The following is an abridged account of his travels. Readers are advised to view "Mississippi Burning;" available at most video stores." COPYRIGHT Project Innovation 1991.

Staples, Brent.
'Mississippi Burning': generating heat or light; cinematic segregation in a story about civil rights. (includes related article on "A Soldiers Story") New York Times v138, sec2 (Sun, Jan 8, 1989):H1(N), H1(L), col 3, 38 col in.

Swislow, William.
"Mississippi morass: when Hollywood messes with history, everyone stands to lose." (Mississippi Maze: 25 Years of Sullivan) Quill v77, n3 (March, 1989):20 (6 pages).

Toplin, Robert Brent
"Mississippi Burning : "a standard to which we couldn't live up"." In: History by Hollywood : the use and abuse of the American past / Robert Brent Toplin. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1996.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H5 T66 1996 AVAILABLE
Moffitt PN1995.9.H5 T66 1996 c.2 AVAILABLE
Pacific Film Archive PN1995.9.H5 T66 1996

Will, George F.
'Mississippi Burning': A Flawed Account." (overdramatization and inaccurate presentation of facts) Washington Post v112 (Thu, Jan 12, 1989):A19, col 1, 16 col in.

Yarrow, M.
"Burning Mississippi, Letters Home, Hollywood History (Reflections Of A Freedom-Rider In The Civil-Rights Movement)" Appalachian Journal, 1989 Fall, V17 N1:50-58.


Ansen, David.
"Mississippi Burning." (movie reviews) Newsweek v112, n24 (Dec 12, 1988):72 (2 pages).

Canby, Vincent.
"Mississippi Burning." (movie reviews) New York Times v138 (Fri, Dec 9, 1988):B1(N), C12(L), col 1, 15 col in.

Canby, Vincent.
"America Seen Through Alien Eyes."(foreign directors Alan Parker and Costa-Gavras differ in their approach to American racism in the films "Mississippi Burning" and "Betrayed") New York Times v138, sec2 (Sun, Dec 18, 1988):H13(N), H13(L), col 1, 28 col in.

Canby, Vincent.
"Taking Risks to Illuminate a Painful Time in America. ("Mississippi Burning") New York Times v138, sec2 (Sun, Jan 8, 1989):H1(N), H1(L), col 1, 39 col in.

Carter, Hodding III.
"Film Hides Real Heroes of Freedom Summer, 1964." ("Mississippi Burning") (column) Wall Street Journal (Thu, Dec 15, 1988):A15(W), A19(E), col 4, 16 col in.

Denby, David.
"Mississippi Burning." (movie reviews) New York v21, n48 (Dec 5, 1988):180.

Doherty, Thomas.
"Mississippi Burning." Cineaste, 1989, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p48-50, 3p,

French, Sean.
"Mississippi Burning." (movie reviews) Sight and Sound v58, n2 (Spring, 1989):132.

Glover, Dave; Kaplan, Cora.
"History in flames." New Statesman & Society, May 2 1989, Vol. 2, p19-19, 1p

Johnson, Brian D.
"Mississippi Burning." (movie reviews) Maclean's v101, n53 (Dec 26, 1988):61.

Kael, Pauline.
"Mississippi Burning." (movie reviews) New Yorker v64, n45 (Dec 26, 1988):73 (3 pages).

Kauffmann, Stanley.
"Mississippi Burning." (movie reviews) New Republic v200, n2-3 (Jan 9, 1989):24.

Klawans, Stuart.
"Mississippi Burning." (movie reviews) Nation v248, n1 (Jan 2, 1989):26.

"Mississippi Burning." (movie reviews) Economist v310, n7584 (Jan 7, 1989):79.

O'Brien, Tom.
"Mississippi Burning." (movie reviews) Commonweal v116, n1 (Jan 13, 1989):20.

Peerman, Dean.
"Mississippi Burning." (movie reviews) Christian Century v105, n39 (Dec 21, 1988):1188.

Salamon, Julie.
"Mississippi Burning." (movie reviews) Wall Street Journal (Thu, Dec 8, 1988):A12(W), A20(E), col 1, 18 col in.

Schickel, Richard.
"Mississippi Burning." (movie reviews) Time v132, n23 (Dec 5, 1988):90.

Shipman, David.
"Mississippi Burning." (movie reviews) Contemporary Review v259, n1507 (August, 1991):103.

Simon, John.
"Mississippi Burning." (movie reviews) National Review v41, n4 (March 10, 1989):55 (2 pages).

Sitkoff, Harvard.
"Mississippi Burning." (movie reviews) Journal of American History v76, n3 (Dec, 1989):1019 (2 pages).
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