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Money rock : a family's story of cocaine, race, and ambition in the new South

Author: Pamela Sue Kelley
Publisher: New York : The New Press, ©2018 [2018]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Meet Money Rock. He's young. He's charismatic. He's generous, often to a fault. He's one of Charlotte's most successful cocaine dealers, and that's what first prompted veteran reporter Pam Kelley to craft this riveting social history--by turns action-packed, uplifting, and tragic--of a striving African American family, swept up and transformed by the 1980s cocaine epidemic. The saga begins in 1963 when a budding  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Kelley, Pamela Sue, 1959-
Money rock.
New York : The New Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2018020705
(OCoLC)1049577176
Named Person: Belton Lamont Platt
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Pamela Sue Kelley
ISBN: 9781620973288 1620973286
OCLC Number: 1049909991
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Money rock and big Lou --
Showdown at Piedmont courts --
Carrie Platt and the American dream --
Candy kingpin --
The dealer's mother --
What went wrong with Piedmont courts? --
State of North Carolina versus money rock --
Convictions --
Heavy in the weight --
Going down --
United States versus money rock --
Coming of age in a world-class city --
The Christian inmate --
Sentencing a generation --
Lost boys --
The love of his life --
Freedom --
Trying to make a change --
Susan and Mashandia --
Homecoming --
Life on the outside --
Uprising --
Southside homes --
Epilogue --
Where they are now --
Acknowledgments --
Notes.
Other Titles: Family's story of cocaine, race, and ambition in the new South
Responsibility: Pam Kelley.

Abstract:

Meet Money Rock. He's young. He's charismatic. He's generous, often to a fault. He's one of Charlotte's most successful cocaine dealers, and that's what first prompted veteran reporter Pam Kelley to craft this riveting social history--by turns action-packed, uplifting, and tragic--of a striving African American family, swept up and transformed by the 1980s cocaine epidemic. The saga begins in 1963 when a budding civil rights activist named Carrie gives birth to Belton Lamont Platt, eventually known as Money Rock, in a newly integrated North Carolina hospital. Pam Kelley takes readers through a shootout that shocks the city, a botched FBI sting, and a trial with a judge known as "Maximum Bob." When the story concludes more than a half century later, Belton has redeemed himself. But three of his sons have met violent deaths and his oldest, fresh from prison, struggles to make a new life in a world where the odds are stacked against him. This gripping tale, populated with characters both big-hearted and flawed, shows how social forces and public policies--racism, segregation, the War on Drugs, mass incarceration--help shape individual destinies. Money Rock is a deeply American story, one that will leave readers reflecting on the near impossibility of making lasting change, in our lives and as a society, until we reckon with the sins of our past.

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