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A spy in Canaan : how the FBI used a famous civil rights photographer to infiltrate the movement / Marc Perrusquia.

Author/Creator:
Perrusquia, Marc author.
Publication:
Brooklyn : Melville House, [2017]
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xvii, 349 pages ; 24 cm
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Other Title:
How the FBI used a famous civil rights photographer to infiltrate the movement
Subjects:
Withers, Ernest C., 1922-2007.
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation -- History -- 20th century.
African American photographers -- Biography.
African American civil rights workers -- Biography.
Informers -- United States -- Biography.
Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century.
Documentary photography -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Black power -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Race relations -- Political aspects -- History -- 20th century.
Summary:
"Ernest Withers captured some of the most iconic moments of the civil rights movement--from the rare photo of Martin Luther King Jr. in repose to the haunting photo of Emmet Till's great-uncle pointing an accusing finger at Till's killers. He was trusted and beloved by King's inner circle, and had a front row seat to history. But what most people don't know is that Withers was an informant for the FBI--and his photos helped the Bureau identify and surveil the era's greatest figures. This book explores the life, complex motivations, and legacy of this fascinating figure."--Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Part 1. The assassination
In the shadows
A moment of peace
Part 2. The discovery
The agent's tale
A bold photographer
'No angel'
Into the shed
Informant ME 338-R
Part 3. The big break
Up on the ridge
The secret of the notes
A tarnished badge
An accusing finger: the Emmett Till case
The breakthrough
Part 4. Spying on the movement
Assignment: tent city
Tracking James Forman
A prolific informant: Summer 1961
Communists, socialists, Black Muslims and assorted do-gooders: 1962- 1
The electric cross: the FBI gets tough, Summer 1965
James Lawson, civil rights and the peace movement
The war in memphis: disrupting the peace movement
The communist resurgence: dirty tricks, fear and harassment
Part 5. To the brink: the FBI 's war on Dr. King and Black Power
The rise of the invaders: COINTELPRO, the media and the FBI
'Is anyone looking for us?': The risks of working undercover
'How rotten, how filthy': undercutting sympathizers and supporters
Death of a movement: the FBI and the collapse of the SCLC
The Black Panthers, Hoover and the end of an era.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Charles D. Dickey, Jr., Fund.
Contributor:
Charles D. Dickey, Jr., Fund.
Other format:
Online version: Perrusquia, Marc, author. Spy in Canaan
ISBN:
9781612193410
1612193412
OCLC:
1029575603
Publisher Number:
99976753319