• Title: The Deacons for Defense: Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Author: Lance Hill
  • ISBN: 9780807857021
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Deacons for Defense Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement In 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 f
    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 KIn 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.

    One Reply to “The Deacons for Defense: Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement”

    1. The University of North Carolina Press has contributed an impressive array of titles to field of African-American history and this one of their best. This one is among a recent surge of historiography dedicated to dispelling what Lance Hill calls “The Myth of Nonviolence” in the African-American freedom struggle. (Others include Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power by Timothy B. Tyson, This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Moveme [...]

    2. I read this long ago. Lance Hill, the author is a long time friend. We met in Lawrence, Kansas where we were both active in the 60s. We were both members of the Sojourner Truth Organization in the 70s and 80s. He has been involved in organizing, activism, and anti racist work for decades and is now at Tulane where, although employed in academia, he continues his work (as do I). I believe right now we could sure as hell use the DEACONS FOR DEFENSE. I believe right now you should read this book. A [...]

    3. A solid primary document and oral history based monograph on a significant organization deliberately ignored by dogmatic non-violent historiographers. Well done!

    4. this is the best book i have read so far about the civil rights movement and the local organizing that happened in the deep south. essential reading for all organizers and radicals!

    5. Real history real people and their struggles, suprising facts on the movement not taught and how battles were won by not backing down using weapons of self defense

    6. Interesting look at the history of Civil Rights within the US. I had heard of the organization, just not by name, and by the results achieved. The material is high level, with ample documentation to research furtherOne of the best summations is from the text itself:In an ideal world, rational argument and moral suasion should settle all conflicts. But that was not the history of the civil rights movement. We can predict with the precision of science that problems of inequality and ethnic competi [...]

    7. Lots of fascinating information in this book. Did you know in Jonesboro black people had no home mail delivery but white people did? And black people could only see a doctor at the hospital on Thursdays, since there was no black hospital in the town. And if a black woman delivered a baby there, the white nurses would often not wash the baby.However, I found myself having difficulty staying engaged in this book.

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