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Fighting the Devil in Dixie: How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama Hardcover – January 1, 2011
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"[The book] does more than take you behind the picket lines, along the dark country roads and under the white hoods of the civil rights struggle. It takes you inside its very skin, and inside the South's broken heart." Rick Bragg, author, All Over But the Shoutin' and Ava's Man
Wayne Greenhaw has long been the dean of Alabama journalism--the oracle for visiting national reporters in search of The Story. It’s no surprise, then, that his account of the progressives who took on the state’s racist status quo is authoritative, intimate, and gripping. A valuable addition to the civil rights bibliography.” Diane McWhorter, author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama; The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution
Wayne Greenhaw’s book is very nearly indispensable for people who study the South. This is an Alabama story, but it spreads far beyond its hearth and home.” Roy Reed, former reporter for the New York Times
[This is] the dramatic story of the brave, determined black and white Southerners who took on the haters in Alabama and, against all odds, turned the tide against them. It is an intimate, knowledgeable and overdue account, heartening in its reminder that it is as possible as it is necessary to confront and overcome evil in your own backyard.” Hodding Carter III, journalist, politician, and educator
"Fighting the Devil in Dixie is a major addition to the historic literature of the Southern Civil Rights movement. As an Alabama journalist, Wayne Greenhaw was an eye witness to events that changed America. With this book, he richly fulfills Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s teaching that we must all bear witness for justice." Howell Raines, author of My Soul is Rested
This is such a fresh take on the civil rights struggle. Wayne Greenhaw grew up living and then covering all of this, reporting the good fight then, and now memorably documenting it in this wonderful book.” Paul Stekler, director, George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire
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Top Customer Reviews
You get a real sense of danger from the excellent writing of these stories. This book is full of heroes that it is hard to find a since episode which stands out among the many. Wayne Greenhaw deserves credit as well for showing that the Civil Right's battle was not simply north versus south but that good southern men and women of all races helped to defeat the evil which was segregation. This is a great read for telling the story of a lesser known part of American history.
It takes a serious subject, and makes it come alive. Filled with people who made the world change.Felt like I was there, it was so well written.
Wayne Greenhaw writes in an engaging, impersonal style. His intimate familiarity with events in Alabama, and the civil rights struggle, makes the stories lucid...to the point that reading them brings up deep and unpleasant emotions. I found myself transported into the times, the places, and at times struggled to comprehend, or even recognize, the attitudes and inhumanity of the period. I did skip paragraphs, even pages at times, for the stories are innumerable, and the hate experienced intolerable. One can only imagine the suffering of the oppressed section of the population...ameliorated gradually (perhaps far too gradually) through non-violent methods, by a struggle between the Federal and State courts of America, and by appealing to conscience and humanity. Wayne is to be commended for a comprehensive journalistic work.
Nevertheless, I did feel that the work, through its unbiased reporting, did not offer any hope of intrinsic, spiritual, transformation in populations that lived through the times, places, and events described. I wonder if anything much has changed, even in the present, as evidenced by statistics of prison populations, harsh judgments against minorities, and extra-judicial killing of African American and Hispanic members of citizenry by law enforcement of all states of the United States of America.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read. What a terrible time for this great country. I hope we can continue to move forward as one people with only love in our hearts.Published 13 months ago by terry dingess
This is a good history of men and women that faced the white sheets and won. The oppressive un-American, non-Christian, unpatriotic, and senseless people that stirred hatred and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Wendell F. Wentz
I bought this book primarily to read about my grandfather, Tom Ward, and his work as an investigator against Klan activity in Montgomery. Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Gary Ward
Having read more than the average amount of high quality books on American history
by authors spanning over 200 years, I would not hesitate to say that this is one of the... Read more
I've personally published six books on the KKK, and I still learned things I'd never heard before from this one. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Michael D. Newton
Excellent read and very informative. Even though I live in Montgomery I was unaware of many of the activities that took place. Read morePublished on April 10, 2011 by diskin
Wayne Greenhaw has not just written an important book about the history of Civil Rights in Alabama; this book is actually much larger in scope. Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by Marlin Barton