We Will Shoot Back
Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement

Umoja, Akinyele Omowale
Publisher:  New York University Press
Year Published:  2013
Pages:  336pp   ISBN:  9780814725245
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX24312

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.

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