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In 1964 a small group of African American men in Jonesboro, Louisiana, defied the nonviolence policy of the mainstream civil rights movement and formed an armed self-defense organization--the Deacons for Defense and Justice--to protect movement workers from vigilante and police violence. With their largest and most famous chapter at the center of a bloody campaign in the Ku Klux Klan stronghold of Bogalusa, Louisiana, the Deacons became a popular symbol of the growing frustration with Martin Luther King Jr.'s nonviolent strategy and a rallying point for a militant working-class movement in the South.

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. In his analysis of this important yet long-overlooked organization, Hill challenges what he calls "the myth of nonviolence"--the idea that a united civil rights movement achieved its goals through nonviolent direct action led by middle-class and religious leaders. In contrast, Hill constructs a compelling historical narrative of a working-class armed self-defense movement that defied the entrenched nonviolent leadership and played a crucial role in compelling the federal government to neutralize the Klan and uphold civil rights and liberties.

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"An engrossing, well-written study."

Journal of American Studies "This well-argued revisionist text should spur useful debate and encourage others to recast traditional civil rights-era narratives."

The Journal of American History "Hill's ground-breaking, historical narrative adds not only to Southern historiography, but to that of the United States as well."

Louisiana History "Hill has written a masterful account of a vital, understudied organization. This will undoubtedly be the book on the Deacons for a long time."

The Journal of Southern History "This is a significant book."

The North Carolina Historical Review "An engaging writer, Hill has written a graceful book that fills an important gap in civil rights scholarship."

Florida Historical Quarterly

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Hill offers the first detailed history of the Deacons for Defense and Justice, a black self-defense organization particularly influential in Louisiana and Mississippi from 1964 to 1967. Frustrated with the policy of nonviolence espoused by Martin Luther King Jr., the Deacons sought a new form of armed resistance to constant threats of violence from whites.

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Todd Dennis, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Todd Dennis)
This book discusses the armed defense movement in the South that aided the non-violent aspects of the Civil Rights movement. Composed largely of Korean War African Americans, the Deacons provided an armed resistance to the Klan's racial terror tactics.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780807857021
Author:
Hill, Lance E.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Hill, Lance
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Deep South; Ku Klux Klan; Martin Luther King; Jonesboro, LA; Bogalusa, LA; segregation; discrimination; civil rights movement; Decons for Defense and Justice; nonviolence; African American freedom movement
Subject:
Deep South
Subject:
Ku klux klan
Subject:
Martin Luther King
Subject:
Jonesboro, LA
Subject:
Bogalusa, LA
Subject:
Segregation
Subject:
Discrimination
Subject:
Civil rights movement.
Subject:
Decons for Defense and Justice
Subject:
Nonviolence
Subject:
African American freedom movement
Subject:
African American Studies-Black Heritage
Subject:
African American fre
Subject:
edom movement
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
February 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.38 in 25.6 oz

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History and Social Science » African American Studies » Civil Rights Movement
History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General

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Product details 400 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807857021 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "An engrossing, well-written study."

Journal of American Studies "This well-argued revisionist text should spur useful debate and encourage others to recast traditional civil rights-era narratives."

The Journal of American History "Hill's ground-breaking, historical narrative adds not only to Southern historiography, but to that of the United States as well."

Louisiana History "Hill has written a masterful account of a vital, understudied organization. This will undoubtedly be the book on the Deacons for a long time."

The Journal of Southern History "This is a significant book."

The North Carolina Historical Review "An engaging writer, Hill has written a graceful book that fills an important gap in civil rights scholarship."

Florida Historical Quarterly

"Synopsis" by , Hill offers the first detailed history of the Deacons for Defense and Justice, a black self-defense organization particularly influential in Louisiana and Mississippi from 1964 to 1967. Frustrated with the policy of nonviolence espoused by Martin Luther King Jr., the Deacons sought a new form of armed resistance to constant threats of violence from whites.
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