Distinguished war correspondent argues that civil rights movement used military strategies to knock down Jim Crow laws.
Protesters of the civil rights movement were deliberately unarmed. Nonviolence was a strategic plan of the movement to break down the segregation of the Jim Crow laws.
Thomas Ricks argues in his new book “Waging a Good War” that although the movement was nonviolent, some of the tactics used to achieve equality aligned with military strategy, thereby making the movement sustainable for some 14 years.
Can the strategies employed by civil rights leaders be considered military tactics? Should modern-day activists apply these same approaches from the civil rights era? How does this information change what we know about history?
Guest: Thomas E. Ricks, veteran journalist and author of "Waging a Good War: A Military History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968"
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*This interview was recorded on Tuesday, October 11.