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Steeped in the Blood of Racism: Black Power, Law and Order, and the 1970 Shootings at Jackson State College

Nancy K. Bristow


This book recounts the death of two young African Americans, Phillip Gibbs and James Earl Green and the wounding of twelve others when white police and highway patrolmen opened fire on students in front of a dormitory at Jackson State College, a historically black college (HBCU) in May 1970. It situates this story in the broader events of the civil rights and black power eras, emphasizing the role white supremacy played in causing police violence and shaping the aftermath. A state school controlled by an all-white Board of Trustees, Jackson State had a reputation as a conservative campus where ... More

Keywords: Jackson State shootings, Jackson State 1970, police violence, civil rights, black power, HBCU, law and order, Kent State shootings, Phillip Gibbs, James Green

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190215378
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190215378.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy K. Bristow, author
Professor of History, University of Puget Sound