This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed

This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed

How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible

Book - 2014
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"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.
"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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, c2014.
ISBN: 9780465033102
Branch Call Number: 323.1196 COB
Characteristics: xiii, 294 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Oct 02, 2014

Written by one of the leaders of the American civil rights struggle, this book throws cold water on the notion many people have that the struggle for racial equality was all about passive resistance. Instead, many if not most of those resisting, from the brain trust to ordinary people, fought with the only right they were able to exercise, the Second Amendment right to bear arms - in order to push back against Citizens' Councils and the KKK. Provides an overview of how the NAACP, SNCC and CORE were transformed by the presence of guns. The fact even Martin Luther King himself had several guns in his arsenal indicates how people were determined to fight for their rights by any means necessary. We may complain about "stand your ground" laws, but this book suggests those laws were inspired by the precedents of the 1960s.


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