Negroes with Guns

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Wayne State University Press, 1998 - History - 89 pages
First published in 1962, Negroes with Guns is the story of a southern black community's struggle to arm itself in self-defense against the Ku Klux Klan and other racist groups. Frustrated and angered by violence condoned or abetted by the local authorities against blacks, the small community of Monroe, North Carolina, brought the issue of armed self-defense to the forefront of the civil rights movement. Under the leadership of Robert F. Williams (1925-1996), Monroe became the test case of the right of blacks to armed self-defense when law and order broke down. The single most important intellectual influence on Huey P. Newton, the founder of the Black Panther Party, Negroes with Guns is a classic story of a man who risked his life for democracy and freedom.

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Robert F. Williams' "Negroes With Guns" is a concise history of the struggle for social equality at the base of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. It provides a much needed contrast to the ... Read full review

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A stand alone piece written by the father of an armed, robust, unapologetic resistance to racism, state suppression and the tyranny of a people alternately terrified and spitefully hateful of their Black neighbors.


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Robert F. Williams left Cuba to live in the People's Republic of China from 1966-1969 before receiving safe passage home and a Ford Foundation grant to work at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan.

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