This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible

This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible

by Charles E. Cobb


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822361237
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 12/04/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 252,728
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Charles E. Cobb Jr. is a former field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and has taught at Brown University. An award-winning journalist, he is an inductee of the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame. Cobb lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

Table of Contents

Author's Note  xi

Preface to the Paperback Edition: More Than a Gun Story  xv

Introduction  1

Prologue: I Come to Get My Gun  19

1. "Over My Head I See Freedom in the Air"  27

2. "The Day of Camouflage Is Past"  55

3. "Fighting for What We Didn't Have"  83

4. "I Wasn't Being Non-Nonviolent"  114

5. Which Cheek you Gonna Turn?  149

6. Standing Our Ground  187

Epilogue: "The King of Love Is Dead"  227

Afterword: Understanding History  239

Acknowledgments  251

Notes  253

Index  283

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author of Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power - Timothy B. Tyson

"Blending compelling experience with first-rate scholarship, Charles Cobb traces the way that armed self-defense and nonviolent direct action worked sometimes in tension but mostly in tandem in the African American freedom struggle. Crafted with powerful clarity and engaging prose, Cobb’s book deploys the intellectual insights of both everyday people and excellent historians to make the case that it wasn’t necessarily 'non-nonviolent' to pack a pistol or tote a shotgun in the civil rights–era South—but grassroots activists often found it necessary. This is easily the best, most accessible, and most comprehensive book on the subject."

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