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We Will Shoot Back
Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement
Akinyele Omowale Umoja
 
351 pages
April, 2013
ISBN: 9780814725245
 
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$40.00 Cloth
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Subjects: History, Race and Ethnicity, African American Studies
 
Winner of the 2014 Anna Julia Cooper-CLR James Book Award presented by the National Council of Black Studies

In We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement, Akinyele Omowale Umoja argues that armed resistance was critical to the Southern freedom struggle and the dismantling of segregation and Black disenfranchisement. Intimidation and fear were central to the system of oppression in most of the Deep South. To overcome the system of segregation, Black people had to overcome fear to present a significant challenge to White domination. As the civil rights movement developed, armed self-defense and resistance became a significant means by which the descendants of enslaved Africans overturned fear and intimidation and developed different political and social relationships between Black and White Mississippians.

This riveting historical narrative reconstructs the armed resistance of Black activists, their challenge of racist terrorism, and their fight for human rights.

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