The book examines how the coalition among the national African American civil rights organizations disintegrated between 1967 and 1973 as a result of the factionalism that splintered the groups from within as well as the federal government's sabotage of the Civil Rights Movement.
Focusing on four major civil rights groups, Power, Politics, and the Decline of the Civil Rights Movement: A Fragile Coalition, 1967–1973 documents how factions within the movement and sabotage from the federal government led to the gradual splintering of the Civil Rights Movement. Well-known historian Christopher P. Lehman builds his case convincingly, utilizing his original research on the Movement's later years—a period typically overlooked and unexamined in the existing literature on the Movement.
The book identifies how each civil rights group challenged poverty, violence, and discrimination differently from one another and describes how the federal government intentionally undermined civil rights organizations' efforts. It also shows how civil rights activists gravitated to political careers, explains the rising prominence of civil rights speakers to the Movement in the absence of political organizing by civil rights groups, and documents the Movement's influence upon Richard Nixon's presidency.
• Identifies the instances in which the civil rights groups acted as a united coalition between 1967 and 1973 and recognizes how disagreements on separatism, feminism, and political campaigning split the Civil Rights Movement into individual civil rights groups
• Establishes the importance of women to the survival of the Movement in its later years
• Shows how the Movement influenced antiwar demonstrations of the era and struggled to remain nonviolent as Black Power militancy peaked
• Details efforts by the White House, the FBI, and state governments to infiltrate and sabotage the Movement
• Provides broad content ideal for undergraduate and graduate college students taking courses on the Civil Rights Movement as well as for professional and lay historians
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About the Author
Christopher P. Lehman, PhD, is professor of ethnic studies at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Old and New Movements ix
Chapter 1 Violence Is Necessary 1
Chapter 2 Open Season 19
Chapter 3 Shocked and Saddened 39
Chapter 4 Facing Annihilation 57
Chapter 5 A Hanging Judge 75
Chapter 6 Manifesto 93
Chapter 7 No Peace in This Land 111
Chapter 8 Heads-Up Murder 133
Chapter 9 Times Have Changed 149
Chapter 10 The Revolutionary Army 167
Chapter 11 Same Old Thing 183
Chapter 12 Run by Dictators 201
Chapter 13 Explode All over the Landscape 219
Chapter 14 Nation Time 235
Chapter 15 Groovin' on Democracy 253
Chapter 16 Their Most Vulnerable, Hopeless Position 271
Chapter 17 Kicking the Blacks Around 289
Chapter 18 The Movement of the Seventies 307
Epilogue: Leaders without a Movement 323