Those familiar with Freedom Summer know that it was pivotal in putting pressure on the segregated Deep South and setting the tone for legislative change. But exactly how transformative was the summer of 1964? From the number of arrests to the number of African Americans who registered, The Root breaks down the statistics of Freedom Summer’s effect. 

Also on The Root:

“Let’s Remember Chaney, Goodman, Schwerner—and All Those Who Died for Democracy in Miss.”

“Freedom Summer Hero: Post-Racial America Might Be Possible in 100 Years”

“Freedom Summer Style: The Looks of an Unforgettable Era”

“When It Comes to Voting, Freedom Summer Wasn’t a One-Time Event”

Taryn Finley is a summer intern at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.