Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Title

Nonviolent Bodies and the Experience of Breakdown in the American Movement for Civil Rights

Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

M.A. in Southern Studies

First Advisor

Zandria Robinson

Second Advisor

Andy Harper

Third Advisor

Ted Ownby

Abstract

This thesis examines the experience of personal breakdown in the American Civil Rights Movement. It proposes that breakdown was triggered in individuals by the practice of nonviolence and contends that breakdown precipitated the Movement's shift away from nonviolence toward the more self-protective tactic of black power.

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