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Terror in the city of champions : murder, baseball, and the secret society that shocked Depression-era Detroit

Author: Tom Stanton
Publisher: Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Detroit 1936: In a city abuzz over its unrivaled sports success, baseball fan Dayton Dean is arrested for murder. Though said to have a childlike intelligence, Dean possesses a vivid memory and a hunger for attention. He gives police a story about a secret Klan-like organization called the Black Legion, responsible for countless murders, floggings, and fire bombings. The Legion has tens of thousands of members in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: True crime stories
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Stanton, Tom, 1960-
Terror in the city of champions.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, 2016
(DLC) 2016005240
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Stanton
ISBN: 9781493015702 1493015702
OCLC Number: 919237250
Description: xiii, 327 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Something Afoot, 1933-1934 --
Grand Plans, 1935 --
Joy and Terror, 1936. Something Afoot, 1933-1934. Mickey and Dayton ; A friend disappears ; Spring in Lakeland ; Major-General Bert ; A future together ; The bee is buzzing ; Neither threats nor bribes ; It hurt for days ; The little stone chapel ; The superstitious schoolboy and his gal ; Happy Rosh Hashanah, Hank ; Oh, those Dean boys ; The attorney down the street --
Grand Plans, 1935. A new year ; Mr. Hoover, investigate ; Harry's caravan ; The radio priest ; The killing of Silas Coleman ; Worries ; Unwanted attention ; Zero hour ; Louis vs. Baer ; World champions ; Amid the joy, punishment ; The pastor who said no ; Uncle Frank ; Come to Detroit, Lindbergh --
Joy and Terror, 1936. Case closed ; City of champions ; Rumors ; Poole and Pidcock ; Secrets ; Black Legion hysteria ; Frenzied nerves ; Dayton Dean and the Negro reporter ; The captain ; Wyoming ; The cover-up --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Tom Stanton.

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Detroit 1936: In a city abuzz over its unrivaled sports success, baseball fan Dayton Dean is arrested for murder. Though said to have a childlike intelligence, Dean possesses a vivid memory and a hunger for attention. He gives police a story about a secret Klan-like organization called the Black Legion, responsible for countless murders, floggings, and fire bombings. The Legion has tens of thousands of members in the Midwest, among them politicians and notable citizens--even, possibly, a beloved Detroit athlete. When Dean's revelations explode, they all seek cover. Award-winning author Tom Stanton's stunning work of history, crime, and sports, weaves together the terror of the Legion with the magnificent athletic ascension of Detroit. Richly portraying 1930s America, and featuring figures like Louis, the country's most famous black man; Jewish slugger Hank Greenberg; anti-Semitic Henry Ford; radio priest Father Coughlin; and J. Edgar Hoover, Terror in the City of Champions is a rollicking true tale set at the confluence of hard luck, hope, victory, and violence.

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"With the racist Black Legion spreading evil and the rambunctious Detroit Tigers bringing joy, Detroit's seemingly eternal forces of darkness and light coexist in this captivating slice of American Read more...

 
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