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

Will Guzmán


In 1909, 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. This book delves into Nixon's lifelong struggle against Jim Crow. Linking Nixon's activism to his independence from the white economy, support from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the man's own indefatigable courage, the book also sheds light on Nixon's presen ... More

Keywords: racial violence, Lawrence A. Nixon, El Paso, Jim Crow, economy, NAACP, African American, American frontier, civil rights movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038921
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038921.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Will Guzmán, author
Florida A&M University