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Author Johnson, Nicholas, 1959-

Title Negroes and the gun : the Black tradition of arms / Nicholas Johnson.

Publication Info. Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, [2014]


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Description 379 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
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Summary "Chronicling the underappreciated Black tradition of bearing arms for self-defense, law professor Nicholas Johnson presents an array of examples reaching back to the pre-Civil War era that demonstrate a willingness of African American men and women to use firearms when necessary to defend their families and communities. From Frederick Douglass's advice to keep "a good revolver" handy as defense against slave catchers to the armed Black men who protected Thurgood Marshall, it is clear that owning firearms was commonplace in the Black community. Johnson points out that this story has been submerged because it is hard to reconcile with the dominant narrative of nonviolence during the civil rights era. His book, however, resolves that tension by showing how the Black tradition of arms maintained and demanded a critical distinction between private self-defense and political violence. In the last two chapters, Johnson addresses the unavoidable issue of young Black men with guns and the toll that gun violence takes on many in the inner city. He shows how complicated this issue is by highlighting the surprising diversity of views on gun ownership in the black community. In fact, recent Supreme Court affirmations of the right to bear arms resulted from cases led by Black plaintiffs. Surprising and informative, this well-researched book strips away many stock assumptions of conventional wisdom on the issue of guns and the Black freedom struggle"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-363) and index.
Contents Boundary-land -- Foundation -- Promise and breach -- Nadir -- Crisis -- Leonidas -- Freedom fight -- Pivot -- The Black tradition of arms and the modern orthodoxy.
Subject African Americans -- Civil rights -- United States -- History.
Firearms ownership -- United States -- History.
Firearms -- United States -- Use in crime prevention -- History.
Self-defense -- United States -- History.
African Americans -- Civil rights. (OCoLC)fst00799575
Firearms ownership. (OCoLC)fst00925642
Firearms -- Use in crime prevention. (OCoLC)fst00925624
Self-defense. (OCoLC)fst01111577
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History.
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9781616148393 (pbk.)
161614839X (pbk.)
9781616148409 (ebook)
1616148403 (ebook)

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