Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power


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University of North Carolina Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 1.0 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Timothy B. Tyson is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Visiting Professor of American Christianity & Southern Culture at Duke Divinity School, and adjunct professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina. His novel Blood Done Sign My Name was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Grawemeyer Award in Religion. He serves on the North Carolina NAACP executive board.


Tyson sharpens our historical focus, demonstrating just how crucial self-defense, guns, and nonviolence were to the successes of the black freedom struggle. ("Village Voice Literary Supplement")
A book that powerfully conveys the life and voice of one of the key personalities of the modern civil rights struggle. ("American Historical Review")
Tyson's firecracker text crackles with brilliant and lasting images of black life in the Carolinas and across the South in the 40s, 50s and 60s. ("Publishers Weekly")
Tyson has written, with compelling prose and great insight, an excellent biography as well as a definitive history of armed self-defense doctrines in the civil rights movement. ("The Journal of Southern History")
Written in lucid and confident prose with a solid reliance on first-hand accounts, "Radio Free Dixie" presents an engaging portrait of one man's continuous struggle to resist political and social oppression. ("Emerge")