256 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 12 halftones, 2 maps, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-2483-9
Published: January 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2484-6
Published: October 2015
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Awards & distinctions
Clarendon Award, Lower Cape Fear Historical Society
Kenneth Janken narrates the dramatic story of the Ten, connecting their story to a larger arc of Black Power and the transformation of post-Civil Rights era political organizing. Grounded in extensive interviews, newly declassified government documents, and archival research, this book thoroughly examines the 1971 events and the subsequent movement for justice that strongly influenced the wider African American freedom struggle.
About the Author
Kenneth Janken is professor of African American and Diaspora studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and director of the UNC Center for the Study of the American South.
For more information about Kenneth Robert Janken, visit the Author Page.
“The subject matter is fascinating. . . [and] illustrative of how far Americans still have to go in bridging our society’s divisions.”—Publishers Weekly
“Janken's highly recommended history of student racial protest provides a historical perspective on the current struggle for diversity within academia and the black lives matter movement.”--Library Journal
“A passionate, intensely engaging portrait of the group's initial mission, as well as the terrible personal lifelong toll the struggle took.”--Kirkus Reviews
“This first book-length scholarly treatment of the event is meticulously researched and compelling in its analysis. . . . Highly recommended.”--Choice
“Simultaneously thorough and concise, deeply researched, and insightful, The Wilmington Ten deserves a wide readership.”--Journal of Southern History
“Provides fresh insight into hard truths about procedures used by the state to suppress and repress black challenges to the racial status quo. . . . A sincere exploration of black politics in the 1970s, one that takes seriously black power activists and ideologies.”--American Historical Review