The Toughest Job: William Winter's Mississippi

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Creator:Graves, Matthew
Title:The toughest job: William Winter's Mississippi
Date:2014, 1947-1984

In 1979, William Winter was elected Governor of the state of Mississippi. His goal was to improve the state by reforming the education system and create a public kindergarten. The plan was met with a barrage of critizism and obstacles, ranging from funding disputes and political meandering to overt racism. After multiple defeats leading to his final year in office, William Winter called a Special Session of the Legislature in December of 1982 that would ultimately decide the fate of the education reform bill.

From his early exposure to racial segregation as a child and solider in World War 2, to his long career in politics during the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, the story of William Winter is one of courage and leadership set during some of the most tumultuous times in American history.

Types:Documentary film | MovingImage
Subjects:Winter, William F. | Governors--Mississippi | Mississippi--Race relations | Mississippi--Politics and government--20th century | Civil rights--Mississippi | United States, Mississippi, 32.354668, -89.398528
Institution:Southern Documentary Project
Contributors:Southern Documentary Project
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