100 Americans Making Constitutional History: A Biographical History presents 100 profiles of the key people behind some of the most important U.S. Supreme Court cases. Edited by Melvin I. Urofsky, a respected constitutional historian, each 2,000-word profile delves into the social and political context behind landmark Court decisions. For example, while a case like Brown v. Board of Education is about an important idea—the equal protection of the law—at its heart it is the story of a little girl, Linda Brown, who wanted to go to a decent school near her home. The outcome is accessible and objective “stories” about the individuals—heroes and scoundrels—who fought their way to constitutional history.

Cecil Roy Price

Cecil Roy Price

Mississippi “Justice” in the 1960s

“I Gave them All what I thought they Deserved”

United States v. Price

383 U.S. 787 (1966)

Cecil Roy Price was born in Neshoba County, Mississippi, in 1938. In 1964 Price was deputy sheriff of Neshoba County—and a member of the Ku Klux Klan Neshoba County Klavern. He stood at the very center of the Klan conspiracy to murder three civil rights workers, Michael Henry Schwerner, James Earl Chaney, and Andrew Goodman, in 1964.

Price had been a dairy supplies salesman and then the Philadelphia, Mississippi (Neshoba County), fire chief before his stint as deputy sheriff. He loved terrorizing blacks in the county and was involved in various acts of brutality against blacks before and during his time in law enforcement.

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