A LYNCHING IN THE HEARTLAND Race and Memory in America

Author: Madison (James H.)
Year: 2001
Publisher: Palgrave/St Martin's Press
Edition Details: 1st US edn.
Book Condition: F/F
ISBN: 9780312239022
Price: 12.00
Hardback. The author's gripping story about a hot summer evening, August 7, 1930, in the Midwest, where 3 black teenagers, accused of murdering a young white man and raping his white girlfriend, waited for justice in an Indiana jail. As the sun set a mob dragged the 3 prisoners from the jail to the courthouse square and lynched 2 of them. No one in Marion was ever punished for these murders. This is the story of that horrible night, and how Marion's black and white citizens dealt with the tragedy. Yet the author has written much more than a book about lynching - this is a book about America's long and violent struggles with its colour line. He explains how memories of the lynching, rather than fading, became more compelling over time. A dramatic lynching photograph and the mob's intended third victim survived to spotlight America's on-going struggles with race. The author refutes the popular perception that lynching was confined to the South and clarifies America's ongoing and painful encounters with race, justice, and memory. Illus., Notes, Bibliog. and Index. 204pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personsal b/plate. F. in F. dw.


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