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Fighting the devil in Dixie : how civil rights activists took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama

Author: Wayne Greenhaw
Publisher: Chicago : Lawrence Hill Books, ©2011.
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Examining the growth of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) following the birth of the civil rights movement, this book is filled with tales of the heroic efforts to halt their rise to power. Shortly after the success of the Montgomery bus boycott, the KKK—determined to keep segregation as the way of life in Alabama—staged a resurgence, and the strong-armed leadership of Governor George C. Wallace, who defied the new  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Greenhaw, Wayne, 1940-
Fighting the devil in Dixie.
Chicago : Lawrence Hill Books, c2011
(DLC) 2010030114
(OCoLC)617445932
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Wayne Greenhaw
ISBN: 9781569768235 1569768234
OCLC Number: 699513529
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 316 p., [16] p. of plates) : ill.
Contents: Willie's first day --
The legacy of Willie Edwards --
Klan on trial --
Hound-dog determined --
"Fight everything segregated" --
The making of a segregationist --
The pair from Howard --
"Segregation forever!" --
Education of a liberal --
Country boy lawyer --
The Alabama story --
Requiem for Jimmie Lee Jackson --
Don Quixote of the South --
The southern courier --
The rise of John Hulett --
Southern Poverty Law Center --
The people's attorney general --
Breaking the Klan --
"Forgive me, for I have sinned' --
"Like a mighty stream."
Responsibility: Wayne Greenhaw.

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Examining the growth of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) following the birth of the civil rights movement, this book is filled with tales of the heroic efforts to halt their rise to power. Shortly after the success of the Montgomery bus boycott, the KKK—determined to keep segregation as the way of life in Alabama—staged a resurgence, and the strong-armed leadership of Governor George C. Wallace, who defied the new civil rights laws, empowered the Klan's most violent members. Although Wallace's power grew, not everyone accepted his unjust policies, and blacks such as Martin Luther King Jr., J. L. Chestnut, and Bernard LaFayette began fighting back in the courthouses and schoolhouses, as did young southern lawyers such as Charles “Chuck Morgan, who became the ACLU's southern director; Morris Dees, who cofounded the Southern Poverty Law Center; and Bill Baxley, Alabama attorney general, who successfully prosecuted the bomber of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church and legally halted some of Governor Wallace's agencies designed to slow down integration. Dozens of exciting, extremely well-told stories demonstrate how blacks defied violence and whites defied public ostracism and indifference in the face of kidnappings, bombings, and murders.

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