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The Deacons for Defense : armed resistance and the civil rights movement

Author: Lance E Hill
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2004.
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"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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hill, Lance E. (Lance Edward), 1950-
Deacons for Defense.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2004
(OCoLC)607379362
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lance E Hill
ISBN: 0807828475 9780807828472 9780807857021 0807857025
OCLC Number: 53145259
Description: x, 363 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The deacons are born --
In the New York Times --
Not Selma --
On to Bogalusa --
The spring campaign --
With a single bullet --
Victory --
Expanding in the Bayou State --
Mississippi chapters --
Heading north --
Black power-last days.
Responsibility: Lance Hill.
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