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- DescriptionIn 1964, a small group of African American men in Jonesboro, Louisiana, formed an armed self-defense organization to protect movement workers from vigilante and police violence. Lance Hill offers the first detailed history of the Deacons for Defense and Justice, who grew to several hundred members and twenty-one chapters in the Deep South, and led some of the most successful local campaigns in the civil rights movement. He constructs a compelling historical narrative of a working-class armed self-defense movement that defied the entrenched nviolent leadership and played a crucial role in compelling the federal government to neutralize the Ku Klux Klan and uphold civil rights and liberties.
- Author BiographyLance Hill is adjunct professor of history at Tulane University. Contact the author by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Author(s)Lance Hill
- PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press
- Date of Publication15/02/2006
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationChapel Hill
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of North Carolina Press
- Content Note21 illustrations, 1 map, notes, bibl., index
- Weight614 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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