dunderheads who did a better job of hoisting themselves on their own petards. They had no credible or reliable links to moreserious, high-profile radicals, all of whom were well-aware of thedamage that violence could do to their cause.
But, of course, that’s much too much nuance for the radicals on
the right, especially since many of them held, or were about tograb hold of, the levers of power, among them one J. Edgar Hoover. It
so much easier, so much simpler, to declare all your opponents enemies of the state and life and throw
in thenearest pokey. Thinking things through is not a characteristic of the radical mind, no matter its compass bearings.When that mindset achieves power, the results can bedisastrous, as they were here: resources wasted, thousands of lives ruined and America
slump into an armed quasi- dictatorial camp that would have made Mussolini and Stalindance a two-step. The bloody Bolshie revolution that thegovernment and its many supporters swore again and again wasgoing to happen RIGHT NOW OR TOMORR
OW WE’RE ALL GONNA
DIE! never happened . . . nope, not even close . . . though plenty of other bad things did.The second great book cramming
follows thecontinued rise of the civil rights movement. The movement had
been on an upswing ever since the release of D.W. Griffith’s
racist classic film
The Birth of the Nation.
During World War I,black troops served with great distinction, but only the French Army could be bothered to award them medals.When black soldiers returned home, though, they were not greeted as heroes, but as ominous threats to white privilege and supremacy. Practically any black soldier who dared to wear hisuniform in public risked a fiendish and horrific death at the handsof white mobs, crimes that were evil through and through. Thesadism of these assaults is mind-boggling and stomach churning.