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“A bracing and engrossing celebration of black armed resistance.”


How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible

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This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed 

“Powerully and with great depth, Charles Cobb examines the organizing tradi-tion o the southern Freedom Movement, drawing on both his own experiences as a field secretary with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) working in the rural Black-Belt South and contemporary conversations with his ormer co-workers. While Cobb challenges the orthodox narrative o the ‘nonvio-lent’ movement, this is much more than a book about guns. It is essential reading.” Julian Bond, NAACP Chairman Emeritus“Persuasive. . . . Cobb’s bracing and engrossing celebration o black armed resis-tance ties together two ounding principles o the Republic individual equality and the right to arm onesel against tyranny — and the hypocrisy and ambiguity evident still in their imbalanced application.”—

Publishers Weekly 

“When night riders attacked his home, twentieth-century Mississippi civil rights leader Hartman Turnbow ‘stood his ground’ and lit up the night to protect his amily. Charles Cobb’s ‘stand your ground’ book, timely, controversial, and well- documented, contravenes a history as old as George Washington and Andrew Jackson and as new as George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn. Don’t miss it.” — Bob Moses, ormer director o SNCC’s Mississippi voter registration program and ounder and president o the Algebra Project“[A] richly detailed memoir.”—

New York Times Book Review

“Cobb’s long-essay ormat brings the Freedom Movement to lie in an unex-pected way, shaking up conventional historical views and changing the conversa-tion about individual reedom and personal protection that continues today. . . . A nuanced exploration o the complex relationship between nonviolent civil dis-obedience and the threat o armed retaliation.”—

Shelf Awareness for Readers

“Cobb . . . reviews the long tradition o sel-protection among Arican Ameri-cans, who knew they could not rely on local law enorcement or protection. . . . Under standing how the use o guns makes this history o the civil rights move-ment more compelling to readers, Cobb is nonetheless ocused on the determina-tion o ordinary citizens, women included, to win their rights, even i that meant packing a pistol in a pocket or purse.”—


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This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed 

 is a powerul mixture o history and mem-oir, a scholarly and emotionally engaging account o a dark time in our recent his-tory. This is one o those books that is going to have people rom across the political spectrum buying it or different reasons. One can hope that those on both lef and right can learn rom this book.”— Clayton E. Cramer, author o

 Armed America: The Remarkable Story of How and Why Guns Became as American as Apple Pie

“[A] brilliant book. . . . A serious analytical work o the Arican American south-ern Freedom Struggle, Cobb’s book . . . deserves a prominent place on everyone’s reading list.”

 Against the Current 

This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed 

 jostles us outside the ho-hum rame o ‘pick up a gun’ vs. ‘turn the other cheek.’ Charles Cobb’s graceul prose and electriy-ing history throw down a gauntlet: can we understand any part o the reedom struggle apart rom America’s unique romanticization o violence and gun cul-ture? This absorbing investigation shows how guns are ofen necessary, but not sufficient, to live out political democracy.”Wesley Hogan, Director, Center or Documentary Studies, Duke University “In this challenging book, Charles Cobb, a ormer organizer, examines the role o guns in the civil rights movement.”—

 Mother Jones

“Cobb brilliantly situates the civil rights movement in the context o southern lie and gun culture, with a thesis that is unpacked by way o firsthand and personal accounts.”—

Library Journal 

“[A] revelatory new history o armed sel-deense and the civil rights movement.”


“Charles Cobb’s

This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed 

 is a marvelous contribution to our understanding the modern black reedom struggle. With wonderul story-telling skills and drawing on his unparalleled access to movement participants, he situates armed sel-deense in the context o a complex movement and in conversa-tion with both nonviolence


 community organizing. Cobb writes rom personal experience on the rontlines o SNCC’s voter registration work while also using the skills o journalist, historian, and teacher. The result is a compelling and wonder-ully nuanced book that will appeal to specialists and, more important, anyone interested in human rights and the reedom struggle.”Emilye Crosby, author o

 A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in Claiborne County, Mississippi

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