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Title:
The Awful Grace of God

Religious Terrorism, White Supremacy, and the Unsolved Murder of Martin Luther King Jr.
Author:
Hancock, Larry

Wexler, Stuart
Subject:
History
Politics
African American Nonfiction
Nonfiction
Description:
An in-depth examination of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination using declassified documents to reveal a secret right-wing terrorist network. The Awful Grace of God examines America's most violent right-wing extremists, including Sam Bowers, head of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Mississippi; J.B. Stoner, founder of the National States' Rights Party; and Reverend Wesley Swift, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ Christian, who are the likely culprits behind the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis on April 4, 1968. Hancock and Wexler have sifted through thousands of pages of newly declassified law enforcement files on the King murder, conducted dozens of interviews with figures of the period, and re-examined information from several recent cold case investigations. Their research shed new light on the terrorist network built by these racist militant groups. The data they found—previously unavailable to congressional investigators—as well as the new data-mining techniques they employed will provide a roadmap for future investigation. "A timely study." —Kirkus Reviews "A step in the [right] direction of a better understanding of a national tragedy." —Booklist
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press

Counterpoint
Date:
2012/03/20
Digital Format:
Adobe EPUB

HTML

Kindle
Language:
English

Summary

Summary

An in-depth examination of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination using declassified documents to reveal a secret right-wing terrorist network.

The Awful Grace of God examines America's most violent right-wing extremists, including Sam Bowers, head of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of MississipΠ J.B. Stoner, founder of the National States' Rights Party; and Reverend Wesley Swift, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ Christian, who are the likely culprits behind the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis on April 4, 1968.

Hancock and Wexler have sifted through thousands of pages of newly declassified law enforcement files on the King murder, conducted dozens of interviews with figures of the period, and re-examined information from several recent cold case investigations. Their research shed new light on the terrorist network built by these racist militant groups. The data they found--previously unavailable to congressional investigators--as well as the new data-mining techniques they employed will provide a roadmap for future investigation.

"A timely study." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A step in the [right] direction of a better understanding of a national tragedy." -- Booklist


Author Notes

Stuart Wexler was born and raised in New Jersey. He graduated from Tulane
University with a degree in history. He now lives and teaches high school in New Jersey, where he won the prestigious James Madison Teachers' Fellowship in 2010.

Larry Hancock was raised in Oklahoma and graduated from the University of
New Mexico with a triple major in anthropology, history, and education. He has worked on a variety of historical research projects, including November Patriots and Someone Would Have Talked. He lives in Oklahoma.