"An impressive account.... [A]lso a forceful... challenge to the shelfful of civil rights histories that tell a story in which nonviolence was indeed an essential and defining quality of the Southern movement's success.... An important corrective to popular simplifications." - David J. Garrow, Chicago Tribune "Hill has done a service by rescuing the Deacons from oblivion." - The Nation"
This refreshing and illuminating account documents how militant black men, most of them working class and many of them military veterans, used armed self-defense to supplement nonviolent direct action. Lance Hill treats their struggle with the analysis and respect it deserves and opens a new window into freedom movement history.--Michael Honey, University of Washington