American Experience

Barney Frank - "The Politician"

Clip: Season 26 Episode 6 | 5m 6s Video has closed captioning.

Long before he became a Congressman from Massachusetts, Barney Frank volunteered for the Freedom Summer project in 1964. As a teenager in New Jersey, Frank had been deeply affected by the murder of Emmett Till, and Frank became aware of how ingrained racism was in society. He went to Mississippi because he "couldn't justify not going."

Aired: 06/24/14

Rating: NR

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