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by Charles W. Eagles

Outside Agitator tells the dramatic, largely forgotten storybehind the 1965 killing of civil rights worker Jonathan Myrick "Jon" Daniels in Lowndes County, Alabama, detailing the lives of the killer and the victim. A white Episcopal seminary student from New Hampshire, Jon Daniels helped organize blacks in Selma during the events that led to the Selma-to-Montgomery march. In August 1965 he was fatally shot in neighboring Lowndes County by Tom Coleman, a highway department engineer and steadfast segregationist, who was later acquitted by an all-white jury.Lowndes County was a bastion of white minority dominance. For half a century, no black had voted or served on a jury there. Known for the violence used by whites to maintain their control, "bloody" Lowndes presented Daniels and other civil rights workers with almost insurmountable obstacles. Tom Coleman, a Lowndes County native, represented the consensus among local whites that violent resistance to racial change was justified. To defend his community and to prevent change, he resorted to violence against "outside agitators."Following the deaths of a score of other civil rights workers, the killing of Jon Daniels was in many ways the last atrocity of the first, southern, nonviolent phase of the Civil Rights movement. This exploration of how Daniels and Coleman came to be at opposite ends of a shotgun outside a county store captures the mechanics and emotions of forces promoting and resisting change in southern race relations. Charles Eagles reminds us that however representative Daniels and Coleman may have been of larger forces, they were nevertheless real individuals with distinctive personalities caught up in specific circumstances.
Download Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama epub
ISBN: 0807844209
ISBN13: 978-0807844205
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Charles W. Eagles
Language: English
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr (June 1, 1993)
Pages: 335 pages
ePUB size: 1392 kb
FB2 size: 1391 kb
Rating: 4.7
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I bought this book because our church is organizing a Civil Rights Pilgrimage for youth/adults in March 2019. I am currently writing the curriculum to accompany the trip. Since we are an Episcopal Church, we want to emphasize the biblical references and religious involvement in the Movement. One of these figures is Jonathan Myrick Daniels, a martyred Episcopal seminarian who was viewed as "an outside agitator". I did a search on him, and one of the books mentioned was this one. My library did not own the title so I was forced to buy it from a private seller. Did I hit the jackpot! Charles Eagles provided a very engaging weaving of the cultural history of the Lowndes County area, as well as a vivid picture of the key characters in the tragic events of the 60's and beyond. I highly recommend this book for greater insight into the collective mind of the ingrained Southern white who fights change and racial progress, and whose influence continues to affect our elections today.
This important book from 2000 is part of ongoing recognition of the life and work of Jonathan Daniels. I will add more as I complete the book. Daniels is continuing to be recognized. In 2015 the Washington National Cathedral dedicated a sculpture to Daniels. There is an excellent documentary film, "Here I Am, Send Me- The Journey of Jonathan Daniels" from 2000 that unfortunately is not on DVD and no longer available on VHS. It is available on the internet and I highly recommend viewing. Continued interest includes a new 2016 book "Blood Brother - Jonathan Daniels and his Sacrifice for Civil Rights", available on Amazon. This book, and Daniels' story, are important for our day.
Good book about a bad time. If you are interested in this period you will want to own this book.
Excellent true story of a great man.
Most enlightening!
Brought the 60s back to me. Vendor did excellent job. Honest appraisal of the book's condition. Shipped right away.
Dr. Eagles is my professor of history at the University of Mississippi. I have read both Outside Agitator and The Price of Defiance, and I would recommend anything by this author. Outside Agitator takes a new perspective on civil rights history, focusing a significant amount of attention on white accommodation to the Civil Rights Movement. Although never condoning Coleman's response, Eagles forces the reader to understand the background of the man. This book is brilliant and well-written. Great read.
I heard about Jon Daniels for the first time recently on NPR and was immediately interested. As a cradle Episcopalian and the mother of a bi-racial daughter, I wanted to know more about him. I found this book and was profoundly moved by his faith and call to Alabama. This book told me more about the Episcopal church's involvement in the civil rights movement than I had ever known before. I shall now remember him every August 14th, the day of his arrest and when he is remembered by the Episcopal Church is Lesser Feast and Fasts.