This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible


this-non-violentEssential reading for anyone teaching about the Civil Rights Movement, This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed calls into question much of what we think we know about non-violence and the agency of African Americans in the South. Cobb writes not only as a journalist, but also from his firsthand experience as a SNCC field secretary in Mississippi who played a lead role in launching Freedom Schools. Cobb presents a bottom-up history, drawing as he explains on the thinking “of Freedom Movement veterans who have formed the intellectual spine of this book.” 

Hodding Carter III said: “Read it and be reminded that history is not a record etched in stone by journalists and academics, but a living stream, fed and redirected by the bottom-up witness of its participants.”

Credit: Written by Charles E. Cobb, Jr. Published by Basic Books, 2014.