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This nonviolent stuff'll get you killed : how guns made the civil rights movement possible / Charles E. Cobb.

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Greenwood PL - Greenwood NONFICTION SOCIAL TOPICS RACE RELATIONS HISTORICAL Cobb (Text) 36626103556957 2nd Floor Adult Nonfiction Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780465033102 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 0465033105 (hardback)
  • Physical Description: xiii, 294 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-282) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
"I come to get my gun" -- "Over my head I see freedom in the air" -- "The day of camouflage is past" -- "Fighting for what we didn't have" -- "I wasn't being non-violent" -- Which cheek you gonna turn? -- Standing our ground -- "The King of Love is dead" -- Understanding history.
Summary, etc.:
"Visiting Martin Luther King, Jr. at the peak of the civil rights movement, the journalist William Worthy almost sat on a loaded pistol. "Just for self-defense," King assured him. One of King's advisors remembered the reverend's home as "an arsenal." Like King, many nonviolent activists embraced their constitutional right to self-protection-yet this crucial dimension of the civil rights struggle has been long ignored. In This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed, civil rights scholar Charles E. Cobb, Jr. reveals how nonviolent activists and their allies kept the civil rights movement alive by bearing-and, when necessary, using-firearms. Whether patrolling their neighborhoods, garrisoning their homes, or firing back at attackers, these men and women were crucial to the movement's success, as were the weapons they carried. Drawing on his firsthand experiences in the Southern Freedom Movement and interviews with fellow participants, Cobb offers a controversial examination of the vital role guns have played in securing American liberties. "-- Provided by publisher.
"Visiting the parsonage of Martin Luther King, Jr. during the peak of the civil rights movement, the journalist William Worthy began to ease himself into an armchair, only to stop short. Sitting on the cushion was a loaded pistol. "Just for self-defense," King assured Worthy. It was not the only weapon that King kept for such a purpose; Glenn Smiley, a southern minister who advised King on the techniques of nonviolence during the Montgomery bus boycott, remembered King's home as "an arsenal." Living under constant death threats, King enlisted armed supporters to guard his home and family, and even applied for a conceal-and-carry permit. His application was denied--but it, like the rest of the evidence about King's gun ownership, points to a side of the civil rights movement that has long been ignored by history. In This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed, award-winning civil rights scholar Charles E. Cobb, Jr. reveals the fundamental but long-overlooked role that armed self-defense played in the golden era of the civil rights movement"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: African Americans > Civil rights > History > 20th century.
Civil rights movements > United States > History > 20th century
Self-defense > United States > History > 20th century.
Firearms > Law and legislation > United States > History > 20th century.
Gun control > United States > History > 20th century.
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century.
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV).
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights.

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