Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands

Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands : Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon and Black Activism

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In 1907, physician Lawrence A. Nixon fled the racial violence of central Texas to settle in the border town of El Paso. There he became a community and civil rights leader. His victories in two Supreme Court decisions paved the way for dismantling all-white political primaries across the South.

Will Guzman delves into Nixon's lifelong struggle against Jim Crow. Linking Nixon's activism to his independence from the white economy, support from the NAACP, and the man's own indefatigable courage, Guzman also sheds light on Nixon's presence in symbolic and literal borderlands--as an educated professional in a time when few went to college, as an African American who made waves when most feared violent reprisal, and as someone living on the mythical American frontier as well as an international boundary.

A powerful addition to the literature on African Americans in the Southwest, Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands explores seldom-studied corners of the Black past and the civil rights movement.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 153 x 229 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 19 black and white photographs
  • 0252082060
  • 9780252082061

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"An ambitious and courageous professional and activist, Nixon's life and works rightfully deserve scholarly attention. With his exploration of archival and oral history sources, Will Guzman has undertaken an important subject."--Southern Spaces

"Will Guzman has written an excellent, thorough life story of one of the twentieth century's most influential civil rights activists."--Southwestern Historical Quarterly "This book breaks new ground in an area scholars have seldom tackled. Highly recommended."--Choice

"This worthwhile study contributes to borderlands history and the literature on black physicians in the civil rights movement, and it shifts the Jim Crow terrain to the American Southwest."--The Journal of Southern History "Guzman adroitly opens a window onto the relations between African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Anglos while illuminating the challenges and barriers Dr. Nixon confronted as he labored to keep bodies well and hope alive."
--Darlene Clark Hine, author of Black Victory: The Rise and Fall of the Texas White Primary

"A much-needed addition to borderlands, U.S. West, and African American scholarship."--West Texas Historical Review
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About Will Guzman

Will Guzman is an assistant professor of history and African American studies at Florida A&M University. He is a coauthor of Landmarks and Legacies: A Guide to Tallahassee's African American Heritage.
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