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The Informant : The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo.

Author/Creator:
May, Gary.
Publication:
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2005.
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1 online resource (449 pages)
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Subjects:
Liuzzo, Viola, -- 1925-1965.
Rowe, Gary Thomas.
Ku Klux Klan (1915- ).
United States. -- Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Murder -- Alabama -- Lowndes County.
Civil rights workers -- Alabama -- Biography.
Informers -- Alabama -- Biography.
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Electronic books.
Summary:
In The Informant, historian Gary May reveals the untold story of the murder of civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo, shot to death by members of the violent Birmingham Ku Klux Klan at the end of Martin Luther King's historic Voting Rights March in 1965. The case drew national attention and was solved almost instantly, because one of the Klansman present during the shooting was Gary Thomas Rowe, an undercover FBI informant. At the time, Rowe's information and subsequent testimony were heralded as a triumph of law enforcement. But as Gary May reveals in this provocative and powerful book, Rowe's history of collaboration with both the Klan and the FBI was far more complex. Based on previously unexamined FBI and Justice Department Records, The Informant demonstrates that in their ongoing efforts to protect Rowe's cover, the FBI knowingly became an accessory to some of the most grotesque crimes of the Civil Rights era--including a vicious attack on the Freedom Riders and perhaps even the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. A tale of a renegade informant and an intelligence system ill-prepared to deal with threats from within, The Informant offers a dramatic and cautionary tale about what can happen when secret police power goes unchecked.
Contents:
Intro
Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Undercover Man
2 One Hell of a Good Job
3 Serious Business
4 Bombing Matters
5 Cat and Mouse
6 Season of Suffering
7 Night Riders
8 This Horrible Brew
9 A Slight Case of Murder
10 Parable of the Two Goats
11 A Temple of Justice
12 Taking the Sun Away
13 Digging In
14 Pain and Anguish
15 A Search for the Truth
Epilogue: Dealing with the Devil
Notes
Index.
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Local notes:
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Other format:
Print version: May, Gary The Informant
ISBN:
9780300129991
9780300106350
OCLC:
923588649