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Arc of justice : a saga of race, civil rights, and murder in the Jazz Age

Author: Kevin Boyle
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Henry Holt and Co., 2005, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Owl Books edView all editions and formats
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An electrifying story of the sensational murder trial that divided a city and ignited the civil rights struggle In 1925, Detroit was a smoky swirl of jazz and speakeasies, assembly lines and fistfights. The advent of automobiles had brought workers from around the globe to compete for manufacturing jobs, and tensions often flared with the KKK in ascendance and violence rising. Ossian Sweet, a proud Negro  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Trials, litigation, etc
Named Person: Ossian Sweet; Clarence Darrow; Clarence Darrow; Ossian Sweet
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Boyle
ISBN: 0805079335 9780805079333
OCLC Number: 59819742
Notes: "An Owl book."
Awards: "National book award winner"--Cover.
National Book Award winner, 2004 nonfiction
Description: 415 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: America : 1925 --
Where death waits --
Ain't no slavery no more --
Migration --
Uplift me, pride --
White houses --
The letter of your law --
Freedmen, sons of God, Americans --
The prodigal son --
Prejudice --
Judgment day --
Requiescam.
Responsibility: Kevin Boyle.
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An electrifying story of the sensational murder trial that divided a city and ignited the civil rights struggle In 1925, Detroit was a smoky swirl of jazz and speakeasies, assembly lines and fistfights. The advent of automobiles had brought workers from around the globe to compete for manufacturing jobs, and tensions often flared with the KKK in ascendance and violence rising. Ossian Sweet, a proud Negro doctor-grandson of a slave-had made the long climb from the ghetto to a home of his own in a previously all-white neighborhood. Yet just after his arrival, a mob gathered outside his house; suddenly, shots rang out: Sweet, or one of his defenders, had accidentally killed one of the whites threatening their lives and homes. And so it began-a chain of events that brought America's greatest attorney, Clarence Darrow, into the fray and transformed Sweet into a controversial symbol of equality. Historian Kevin Boyle weaves the police investigation and courtroom drama of Sweet's murder trial into an unforgettable tapestry of narrative history that documents the volatile America of the 1920s and movingly re-creates the Sweet family's journey from slavery through the Great Migration to the middle class. Ossian Sweet's story, so richly and poignantly captured here, is an epic tale of one man trapped by the battles of his era's changing times.

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