Author:  Rick Bowers

Genre:  Non-Fiction

The Spies of Mississippi is a compelling story of how state spies tried to block voting rights for African Americans during the Civil Rights era. This book sheds new light on one of the most momentous periods in American history.


Author Rick Bowers has combed through primary-source materials and interviewed surviving activists named in once-secret files, as well as the writings and oral histories of Mississippi civil rights leaders. Readers get first-hand accounts of how neighbors spied on neighbors, teachers spied on students, ministers spied on church-goers, and spies even spied on spies.


The Spies of Mississippi will inspire readers with the stories of the brave citizens who overcame the forces of white supremacy to usher in a new era of hope and freedom—an age that has recently culminated in the election of Barack Obama.


About the Author

Rick Bowers worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 15 years, reporting for the Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Massachusetts, the Miami Herald and USA Today. His articles have been syndicated to and published in many of the most prestigious publications in the country, including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and TIME. Working with AARP, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the Library of Congress, Bowers produced Voices of Civil Rights, a collection of firsthand accounts of the Civil Rights movement, forming the world’s largest archive of testimonials from the era. The project included a History Channel documentary that won Emmy, Peabody and Webbie awards. Bowers is the Vice President, Life Reimagined Content Strategy at AARP where he continues to develop far-reaching multimedia programs and the author of Spies of Mississippi, a non-fiction account of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to infiltrate and undercut the civil rights movement in the 1950s and ‘60s. His also author of Superman versus The Ku Klux Klan, the true story of how the iconic superhero battled the men of hate. Both books published by National Geographic Press.

Rick Bowers

Author, Spies of Mississippi