In The Informant, historian Gary May reveals the untold story of the murder of civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo, shot to death by members of the violent Birmingham Ku Klux Klan at the end of Martin Luther King’s historic Voting Rights March in 1965. The case drew national attention and was solved almost instantly, because one of the Klansman present during the shooting wasIn The Informant, historian Gary May reveals the untold story of the murder of civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo, shot to death by members of the violent Birmingham Ku Klux Klan at the end of Martin Luther King’s historic Voting Rights March in 1965. The case drew national attention and was solved almost instantly, because one of the Klansman present during the shooting was Gary Thomas Rowe, an undercover FBI informant. At the time, Rowe’s information and subsequent testimony were heralded as a triumph of law enforcement. But as Gary May reveals in this provocative and powerful book, Rowe’s history of collaboration with both the Klan and the FBI was far more complex.Based on previously unexamined FBI and Justice Department Records, The Informant demonstrates that in their ongoing efforts to protect Rowe’s cover, the FBI knowingly became an accessory to some of the most grotesque crimes of the Civil Rights era--including a vicious attack on the Freedom Riders and perhaps even the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.A tale of a renegade informant and an intelligence system ill-prepared to deal with threats from within, The Informant offers a dramatic and cautionary tale about what can happen when secret police power goes unchecked....
|Title||:||The Informant: The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo|
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The Informant: The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo Reviews
Quotable:[On June 11, 1963] In a televised address to the nation, Kennedy said, "If an American, because his skin is dark, cannot eat lunch in a restaurant open to the public; if he cannot send his children to the best public school available; if he cannot vote for the public officials who represent him; if, in short, he cannot enjoy the full and free life all of us want, then who among us would be content to have the color of his skin changed and stand in his place?"Nearby stood Ralph Ray Roton, the Klan's publicity director, who looked to Virginia Durr "like a parody of an old Southern colonel, big black hat, string tie, dirty white shirt and dirty white whiskers." He offered "hate literature which went after not only the 'niggers,' but the Jews, the Communists, and Catholics, the U.S. Supreme Court, the President of the United States and the United Nations. Hatred," Durr noted, "seemed to take in everybody."Not a single black citizen of Lowndes County was there; not only were they denied admission to the courthouse (unless they were on trial), they couldn't even step on the courthouse lawn.