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

Author: Gerald McKnight
Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1998.
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In The Last Crusade, Gerald McKnight examines the Poor People's 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 King's ambitious effort to force the federal government to live up to its promises of a Great Society. The book also looks at King's last days as he helped Memphis sanitation workers
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
McKnight, Gerald.
Last crusade.
Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1998
(OCoLC)605336464
Named Person: Martin Luther King, Jr.; J Edgar Hoover; J Edgar Hoover; Martin Luther King, Jr.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald McKnight
ISBN: 0813333849 9780813333847
OCLC Number: 37546744
Description: v, 192 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: King, Vietnam, and the transformation of the civil rights movement --
The road to Washington goes through Memphis --
Memphis: days of rage, days of sorrow --
"The poor people are coming!" "The poor people are coming!" --
Resurrection City --
shantytown among the cherry trees.
Responsibility: Gerald D. McKnight.
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