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Civil Rights In The Texas Borderlands: Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon And Black Activism.

Guzmán, Will.

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ISBN 10: 0252038924 / ISBN 13: 9780252038921
Published by University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago, 2015
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200 pages. Hardcover as issued without dustjacket. New book. AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES. The struggle against racial injustice in the American Southwest Physician Lawrence A. Nixon fled the racial violence of central Texas to settle in the border town of El Paso. There he became a community and civil rights leader, working on integration and antilynching cases and cofounding the local NAACP chapter. In 1923, Nixon challenged the law that banned African Americans from voting in the Democratic primary. His victory in two subsequent Supreme Court decisions paved the way for dismantling all-white primaries across the South. Will Guzmán delves into Nixon's lifelong, and mostly unknown, struggle against Jim Crow. Linking Nixon's successful activism to his independence from the white economy, support from the NAACP, and indefatigable courage, Guzmán places Nixon within the context of the larger historical narratives of his era. At the same time, he sheds light on Nixon's presence in both symbolic and literal borderlands--as an educated professional in a time when few went to college, as someone who made waves when most feared violent reprisal, and as an African American living on the mythical American frontier as well as an international boundary. Enlightening and powerful, Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands adds to the growing literature on African Americans in the Southwest while exploring a seldom-studied corner of the Black past and the civil rights movement. Will Guzmán is an assistant professor of history and African American studies at Florida A&M University and associate director of the Carrie Meek-James Eaton Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum. He is a coauthor of Landmarks and Legacies: A Guide to Tallahassee's African American Heritage. "Will Guzmán's gracefully written biography of Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon is a valuable addition to studies of the borderlands and the political and civil rights struggles of residents in underserved communities. Guzmán adroitly opens a window onto the relations between African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Anglos while illuminating the challenges and barriers Dr. Nixon confronted as he labored to keep bodies well and hope alive."--Darlene Clark Hine, author of Black Victory: The Rise and Fall of the Texas White Primary "By chronicling the ways in which Nixon leveraged his medical training and financial independence on behalf of socioeconomic justice for Black people, Guzmán greatly improves our understanding of African American history, the civil rights movement, borderland history, and the history of the American West."--Matthew C. Whitaker, author of Peace Be Still: Modern Black America from World War II to Barack Obama "Will Guzmán restores Lawrence A. Nixon to his proper place as one of the borderland's leading African American physicians and a pioneering opponent of Jim Crow."--Karl Jacoby, author of Shadows at Dawn: An Apache Massacre and the Violence of History "More than a biography, Will Guzmán's book offers a fresh window onto the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Guzmán skillfully brings together African American history, western history, Chicana/o history, and the history of medicine into a fascinating and lively account of civil rights pioneer Lawrence Nixon."--Pablo Mitchell, author of Coyote Nation: Sexuality, Race, and Conquest in Modernizing New Mexico, 1880-1920 "This well-researched book makes a major contribution to multiple fields including Black studies, Chicano studies, the civil rights movement, and the history of medicine."--Gerald Horne, author of Black and Brown: African Americans and the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920 (Key Words: Will Guzmán, Physician Lawrence A. Nixon, Community And Civil Rights Leader, Dismantling All-White Primaries Across The South, Struggle Against Jim Crow, African Americans In The Southwest, Civil Rights Movement In The Southwest, Borderland History, The History Of The American West). Bookseller Inventory # 84716X2

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Title: Civil Rights In The Texas Borderlands: Dr. ...

Publisher: University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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In 1907, physician Lawrence A. Nixon fled the racial violence of central Texas to settle in the border town of El Paso. There he became a community and civil rights leader. His victories in two Supreme Court decisions paved the way for dismantling all-white political primaries across the South.
 
Will Guzmán delves into Nixon's lifelong struggle against Jim Crow. Linking Nixon's activism to his independence from the white economy, support from the NAACP, and the man's own indefatigable courage, Guzmán also sheds light on Nixon's presence in symbolic and literal borderlands--as an educated professional in a time when few went to college, as an African American who made waves when most feared violent reprisal, and as someone living on the mythical American frontier as well as an international boundary.
 
A powerful addition to the literature on African Americans in the Southwest, Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands explores seldom-studied corners of the Black past and the civil rights movement.

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One man's tireless struggle against racial injustice in the American Southwest

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