Backfire: How the Ku Klux Klan Helped the Civil Rights Movement

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2003 - History - 207 pages
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"In Backfire, the leading historian of the Ku Klux Klan brings the story of America's oldest terrorist society up-to-date. David Chalmers tells the stories of Imperial Wizard Robert Shelton, David Duke, and Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center, and follows the forty-year struggle to punish Klan murderers through the courts of Alabama, Georgia, and the U.S. Supreme Court. In his analysis, Chalmers shows how Klan violence actually aided the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and helped revolutionize the role of the national government in the protection of civil rights." "While focused on the Klan's activities in the twentieth-century, Backfire also looks beyond the abuses of the past. Through an examination of groups like the neo-Nazis, Aryan Nations, Christian Identity, and the Patriot Movement, Chalmers explores the new face of the white supremacist Right."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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Contents

Key Players
vii
The Challenges of the 1960s
1
LaissezFaire Violence Confusion after the School Decision
5
Bombingham
15
Friends in High Places
21
Freedom Riding
27
The Long Hot Summer
39
Mississippi
47
Confrontation PoorBoy Politics Revival in the Late 1970s
107
Death in Greensboro
115
David Duke Steps Forward
125
Klan Hunters Morris Dees the Southern Poverty Law Center
137
Yesterday Today Forever Klansmen Klanswomen Terrorists Loose Cannons
145
The Fifth Era An Explosion on the Right Coda Patrick J Buchanan
163
Essay on Sources
187
Acknowledgments
195

Selma
61
Making the Justice System Work
67
Klansmen on Trial the Klans Campaign of Terror against the Jews of Mississippi
77
Decline
87
Birminghams 16th Street Baptist Church the Black Jesus
97
Index
197
About the Author
205
Art Credits
207
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David Chalmers is the author of And the Crooked Places Made Straight: The Struggle for Social Change in the 1960s and Hooded Americanism: The History of the Ku Klux Klan. He went to jail with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in St. Augustine, Florida, and was an expert witness in Federal Court in Chattanooga, and a consultant to President Johnson's National Violence Commission. He is Distinguished Service Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Florida.

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