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Honor killing : Race, rape, and Clarence Darrow's spectacular last case

Author: David E Stannard
Publisher: New York, NY : Penguin, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1931 Hawaiʻi, Thalia Massie, the aristocratic wife of a naval officer, accused five nonwhite men of gang rape. When the trial ended in a hung jury, Thalia's mother arranged for one of the suspects to be murdered--an act sanctioned by sympathetic whites as an "honor killing." The ensuing murder trial, Clarence Darrow's last, enthralled the nation and exposed the shocking realities of a Hawaiian "paradise" held  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Trials, litigation, etc
Named Person: Grace Fortescue; Thomas H Massie; Thalia Massie; Joseph Kahahawai; Grace Fortescue; Joseph Kahahawai; Thalia Massie; Thomas H Massie
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David E Stannard
ISBN: 0143036637 9780143036630
OCLC Number: 70666355
Notes: Originally published: New York: Viking, 2005, under title: Honor killing : how the infamous "Massie affair" transformed Hawai'i.
Description: ix, 466 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: David E. Stannard.

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"In 1931 Hawaiʻi, Thalia Massie, the aristocratic wife of a naval officer, accused five nonwhite men of gang rape. When the trial ended in a hung jury, Thalia's mother arranged for one of the suspects to be murdered--an act sanctioned by sympathetic whites as an "honor killing." The ensuing murder trial, Clarence Darrow's last, enthralled the nation and exposed the shocking realities of a Hawaiian "paradise" held captive by a racist cabal of military leaders and corporate magnates."

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Rich history with courtroom drama

by whisner (WorldCat user published 2012-05-07) Excellent Permalink

This well-written book gives a fascinating portrait of Hawaii, especially Honolulu, in the 1920s and early 1930s. Thalia Massie, a young white woman from "society" who is married to a Navy officer, is found alone on a road in the night with her face beaten. She says that she was taken by...
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