This book examines African Americans' strategies for resisting white racial violence from the Civil War until the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968, and on into the Clinton era. Christopher Waldrep's semi-biographical approach to the pioneers in the anti-lynching campaign portrays African Americans as active participants in the effort to end racial violence rather than as passive victims. A rich selection of documents helps give the story a sense of immediacy.
Christopher Waldrep is Jamie and Phyllis Parker Professor of History, San Francisco State University and the author of Vicksburg's Long Shadow.
Introduction Chapter 1: Racial Violence During Reconstruction Chapter 2: T. Thomas Fortune and the Rhetoric of Constitutionalism Chapter 3: Ida B. Wells and Monroe Work and the Power of Numbers Chapter 4: The NAACP: Organized Resistance Chapter 5: Facing Dynamite: Racial Violence After World War II Chapter 6: Hate Crimes: The Ordeal Continues Documents Bibliographic Essay