Love and Revolution: A Political Memoir: People's History of the Greensboro Massacre, Its Setting and Aftermat (New Critical Theory Series)by Signe Waller
Pub. Date: 10/15/2002
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
On November 3, 1979, members of the Ku Klux Klan drove into an anti-Klan rally in a black housing project in Greensboro, North Carolina and opened fire. They killed five demonstrators and wounded ten. All those killed were anti-racist community and labor leaders. Love and Revolution: A Political Memoir is both memoir and people's history. It is a factually… See more details below
On November 3, 1979, members of the Ku Klux Klan drove into an anti-Klan rally in a black housing project in Greensboro, North Carolina and opened fire. They killed five demonstrators and wounded ten. All those killed were anti-racist community and labor leaders. Love and Revolution: A Political Memoir is both memoir and people's history. It is a factually detailed and passionate account of events surrounding the Greensboro Massacre by a woman intimately connected with the events. The author's husband, a pediatrician who abandoned medicine to work in a textile mill and organize low-wage workers, was among the slain. The activists killed were from Christian, Jewish, African American, and Latino backgrounds; they were César Cauce, Michael Nathan, M.D., William Sampson, Sandra Smith, and James Waller, M.D. All were in Greensboro that day on behalf of the Workers Viewpoint Organization (WVO), part of a New Communist Movement inspired by Marx, Lenin, and Mao Tse-Tung. As the Ku Klux Klan came out of the woodwork during a period of economic downturn in the late seventies, WVO activists took a militant stand against the Klan and its racism. In the aftermath of Greensboro, survivors and concerned citizens faced an uphill battle for justice that eventually uncovered the involvement of official agencies in abetting the attack. At last, a 1985 civil suit found several of the attackers, as well as Greensboro police officers, liable for the wrongful death of Dr. Nathan. The union organizing, the massacre, the coverup of official complicity, and the struggle for justice are all essential moments of this political memoir. Readers become acquainted with a neglected portion of recent U.S. history—the South of the 1970s and 1980s—and with lovers and revolutionaries who did not accept the established order and dared to struggle to change it. Waller explores the meaning and implications of the events for the survival of American democracy.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Heirs to the Radical Sixties Chapter 2 1 The Making of a Radical or How I Became One of Them Chapter 3 2 Jim Waller M.D. in the New Communist Movement Chapter 4 3 Nelson Johnson and the Politics of Black Liberation Chapter 5 4 Durham Activists Tell It Like It Is Part 6 Home-Grown Bolsheviks Chapter 7 5 Organize! Make a Mighty River Chapter 8 6 People, People, Have You Heard? Chapter 9 7 And Cone You Own the Factories, But Us You Do Not Own Chapter 10 8 Something's Rising in the Nation Chapter 11 9 China Grove and the Preparations for November Third Chapter 12 10 Like a Wolf on the Fold: The Greensboro Massacre Part 13 Home-Grown Fascists Chapter 14 11 This Precipitous Hour Chapter 15 12 Resisting Upside Down Justice: The Civil Rights Movement Reawakened Chapter 16 13 A Lesser Crime to Kill a Communist Chapter 17 14 Green Light for Reactionary Violence: The State Trial in 1980 Chapter 18 15 The Blitz Amendment and Other McCarthyisms Chapter 19 16 A Winding Road to Justice: Bringing Federal Charges Chapter 20 17 Victory and a Whitewash: The Grand Jury in 1982-83 Chapter 21 18 No Racial Animus? The Federal Trial in 1984 Part 22 On New Foundations Chapter 23 19 Partners in Crime: The Civil Rights Suit in 1985 Chapter 24 20 Convened by Martyrs
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