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Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the…
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Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of… (urspr publ 2012; utgåvan 2012)

av Gilbert King

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In 1949, Florida's orange industry was booming with cheap Jim Crow labor. When a white seventeen-year-old Groveland girl cried rape, vicious Sheriff McCall was fast on the trail of four young blacks who dared to envision a future for themselves. Then the Ku Klux Klan rolled into town, burning homes and chasing hundreds of blacks into the swamps. So began the chain of events that would bring Thurgood Marshall, the man known as "Mr. Civil Rights," into the fray. Associates thought it was suicidal for him to wade into the "Florida Terror" at a time when he was irreplaceable to the burgeoning civil rights movement, but the lawyer would not shrink from the fight--not after the Klan had murdered one of Marshall's NAACP associates and Marshall had endured threats that he would be next. Drawing on a wealth of never-before-published material, including the FBI's unredacted Groveland case files, as well as the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund files, King shines new light on this remarkable civil rights crusader against a heroic backdrop.--From publisher description.… (mer)
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Titel:Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America (P.S.)
Författare:Gilbert King
Info:Harper (2012), Edition: Reprint, Kindle Edition, 453 pages
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Thurgood Marshall is a prominent figure in the Civil Rights world. Most know he was the lead attorney who argued the Brown vs. Board of Education case that changed the face of racial integration in schools. But most don't know his early work for the NAACP, much of which was focused on racially significant criminal cases. This book highlights the case of three men falsely accused of raping a white woman in Florida, and the racial unrest that surrounded it. The level of racism and violence in Florida in mid-century America was stunning. Everyone hears about Mississippi and Alabama, but somehow Florida doesn't get the infamy it deserves. While the underlying case and Marshall's work require notice, the book is too disconnected because Gilbert King loops the chronology of events back around several time to pick up contextual information, some of which is not strictly necessary to understand the narrative. Not a bad book, but I can think of others I'd recommend before this one that highlight stories of the Civil Rights Movement. ( )
  blackdogbooks | Feb 16, 2021 |
A gripping reminder for our "post-racial" generation that the civil rights movement was about something more than drinking fountains and seats on buses. ( )
  Nikchick | Mar 21, 2020 |
A gripping reminder for our "post-racial" generation that the civil rights movement was about something more than drinking fountains and seats on buses. ( )
  Nikchick | Mar 21, 2020 |
This is very difficult to read because of the subject matter so I put it aside and, so far, have been unable to take it up again.
  sistacheryl | Nov 7, 2019 |
This is very difficult to read because of the subject matter so I put it aside and, so far, have been unable to take it up again.
  sistacheryl | Nov 7, 2019 |
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“Gilbert King has done a remarkable job of weaving together history, sociology, law and detective work of his own, to reveal facts that even I, one of the defense counsel in the case, had not been aware of until now.” (Jack Greenberg, Alphonse Fletcher Professor of Law, Columbia University, former Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund. )
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There is a law governing the meeting of the races. When a powerful race meets a helpless race, two things happen. First there is a carnival of crime. Cruelty and oppression take place: some men in each race become hard-hearted. But the reverse also happens thereafter; goodness and mercy are developed; certain men become saints and heroes.

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In 1949, Florida's orange industry was booming with cheap Jim Crow labor. When a white seventeen-year-old Groveland girl cried rape, vicious Sheriff McCall was fast on the trail of four young blacks who dared to envision a future for themselves. Then the Ku Klux Klan rolled into town, burning homes and chasing hundreds of blacks into the swamps. So began the chain of events that would bring Thurgood Marshall, the man known as "Mr. Civil Rights," into the fray. Associates thought it was suicidal for him to wade into the "Florida Terror" at a time when he was irreplaceable to the burgeoning civil rights movement, but the lawyer would not shrink from the fight--not after the Klan had murdered one of Marshall's NAACP associates and Marshall had endured threats that he would be next. Drawing on a wealth of never-before-published material, including the FBI's unredacted Groveland case files, as well as the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund files, King shines new light on this remarkable civil rights crusader against a heroic backdrop.--From publisher description.

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