In The Last Crusade, Gerald McKnight examines the Poor People’s Campaign, the last large-scale demonstration of civil rights–era America, and the systematic efforts of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and his executive officers to subvert King’s ambitious effort to force the federal government to live up to its promises of a Great Society. The book also looks at King’s last daIn The Last Crusade, Gerald McKnight examines the Poor People’s Campaign, the last large-scale demonstration of civil rights–era America, and the systematic efforts of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and his executive officers to subvert King’s ambitious effort to force the federal government to live up to its promises of a Great Society. The book also looks at King’s last days as he helped Memphis sanitation workers in their labor-cum-civil rights struggle with a recalcitrant and racist city government. Although there is no persuasive evidence that the FBI and the Memphis police conspired to assassinate King, McKnight marshals evidence to show that neither agency was blameless.The conventional view of the Poor People’s Campaign is that it was a self-inflicted failure. The blame rested squarely on the shoulders of the second-raters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference who failed to fill the leadership vacuum after King’s assassination. But, as McKnight shows, there was a hidden, dark counterpoint to the accepted version—namely, the triumph of the 1960s American surveillance state and its repressive power and flagrant violation of protected freedoms. In fact, whatever the FBI wanted to do to disrupt the Campaign, it did, aided and abetted by local police agencies and elements of the federal government, including military intelligence....
|Title||:||The Last Crusade: Martin Luther King Jr., The Fbi, And The Poor People's Campaign|
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This book had some really good information about the Memphis Sanitation Strike, and some really good information about COINTELPRO. I am glad I read it for that.Unfortunately, I read it to know more about the Poor People's Campaign, and it wasn't really as helpful for that. The strike and the FBI efforts had definite effects on the campaign, so it wasn't unreasonable to go into them, but then the campaign itself seemed minor.There were also little things that bugged me, like mentioning early criticism of King's stance against the war in Vietnam without mentioning that many of those critics came around, and dismissing the gains of the campaign. Only one job program that died in Congress was mentioned, but there were other demands that were met, and it seems unfair not to give that credit. Also, I found the writing a little hard to read, where my mind kept wandering. Part of the problem there is that you have multiple groups on the stage, and with their long names the acronyms probably seem necessary, but then it gets muddled, so information that could be really instructive and important gets lost.
McKnight investigates the reasons for the failure of the Poor People's Campaign of 1968. These include the disarray into which King's death threw the leadership of the SCLC, President Johnson's preoccupation with the mounting Vietnam War, and the lawlessness with which the FBI and other government policing agencies dealt with the campaign. McKnight is an engaging writer, and his claims are backed by through archival research.