Prof. Nick Johnson's new book
Book TV will have Prof. Nick Johnson on to discuss his new book, "Negroes and the Gun: the Black Tradition of Arms." The next broadcast is at noon, EST, this coming Sunday. You can also get a streamed version by clicking on "watch this program" on the right side of the page.
I'm halfway thru the program, and it is very good. Law professor, degree from Harvard Law, but grew up in rural West Virginia, where guns ownership was universal. History: fugitive slaves getting guns, and using them to hold off slave catchers. Frederick Douglass. Underground Railroad units using arms to resist (and posting spies in court to get quick reports of warrants being issued). In more modern times, Robert Williams and the debate over expelling him from NAACP over his advocacy of armed resistance. The shift of the black political class against guns, in response to the Black Panthers, etc., and the latter's conflation of self-defense with political aggression. A great interview and sounds like a really great book!