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The Last Crusade: Martin Luther King Jr., the FBI, and the Poor People's Campaign

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In The Last Crusade, Gerald McKnight examines the Poor Peoples Campaign, the last large-scale demonstration of civil rights–era America, and the systematic efforts of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and his executive officers to subvert Kings ambitious effort to force the federal government to live up to its promises of a Great Society. The book also looks at Kings last days as he helped Memphis sanitation workers in their labor-cum-civil rights struggle with a recalcitrant and racist city government. Although there is no persuasive evidence that the FBI and the Memphis police conspired to assassinate King, McKnight marshals evidence to show that neither agency was blameless.The conventional view of the Poor Peoples Campaign is that it was a self-inflicted failure. The blame rested squarely on the shoulders of the second-raters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference who failed to fill the leadership vacuum after Kings assassination. But, as McKnight shows, there was a hidden, dark counterpoint to the accepted version—namely, the triumph of the 1960s American surveillance state and its repressive power and flagrant violation of protected freedoms. In fact, whatever the FBI wanted to do to disrupt the Campaign, it did, aided and abetted by local police agencies and elements of the federal government, including military intelligence.

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The Poor People's Campaign, the last large-scale demonstration of civil rights-era America, and the FBI's effort to subvert it are examined. The author also looks at King's last days as he helped Memphis sanitation workers in their labor-cum-civil rights struggle with a recalcitrant and racist city government. He shows the hidden, dark counterpoint to the accepted view of the campaign as self- inflicted failure--namely the triumph of the 1960s American surveillance state and its repressive power and flagrant violation of protected freedoms.
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Synopsis:

"In The Last Crusade, Gerald McKnight examines the Poor Peoples Campaign, the last large-scale demonstration of civil rights–era America, and the systematic efforts of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and"

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 175-180) and index.

About the Author

Gerald D. McKnight is professor of history at Hood College, where he is chair of the History and Political Science Department.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813333847
Author:
McKnight, Gerald D.
Author:
King, Martin Luther, Jr.
Author:
McKnight, Gerald D.
Author:
Fbi
Author:
Poor People's Campaign
Publisher:
Westview Press
Location:
Boulder, Colo. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/60s
Subject:
United states
Subject:
King, martin luther, jr., 1929-1968
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Internal security
Subject:
Poor people's campaign
Subject:
Internal security -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
United States Race relations.
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
2159
Publication Date:
19980231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 13.6 oz

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