Still Spying | Presented by Defending Rights & Dissent

The FBI's Man Inside the Klan feat. Mary Stanton

October 20, 2020 Defending Rights & Dissent Season 1 Episode 8
Still Spying | Presented by Defending Rights & Dissent
The FBI's Man Inside the Klan feat. Mary Stanton
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Still Spying | Presented by Defending Rights & Dissent
The FBI's Man Inside the Klan feat. Mary Stanton
Oct 20, 2020 Season 1 Episode 8
Defending Rights & Dissent

The FBI was ruthless in its pursuit of civil rights activists. At the same time, the Ku Klux Klan was engaged in a reign of terror. How did the FBI's attitude towards those fighting nonviolently for racial justice compare to its attitude towards those who wished to violently stop them? In this episode, we explore the career of the FBI's controversial Klan informant Gary Rowe. Rowe's identity was revealed after he was present when Klan members murdered civil rights activists Viola Liuzzo. How involved was really in her death and what other acts of violence may Rowe have been involved? To explore this, we talk to Mary Stanton a historian of social justice movements in the South and biographer of Liuzzo.

Show Notes

The FBI was ruthless in its pursuit of civil rights activists. At the same time, the Ku Klux Klan was engaged in a reign of terror. How did the FBI's attitude towards those fighting nonviolently for racial justice compare to its attitude towards those who wished to violently stop them? In this episode, we explore the career of the FBI's controversial Klan informant Gary Rowe. Rowe's identity was revealed after he was present when Klan members murdered civil rights activists Viola Liuzzo. How involved was really in her death and what other acts of violence may Rowe have been involved? To explore this, we talk to Mary Stanton a historian of social justice movements in the South and biographer of Liuzzo.