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The Resource Arc of justice : a saga of race, civil rights, and murder in the Jazz Age, Kevin Boyle

Arc of justice : a saga of race, civil rights, and murder in the Jazz Age, Kevin Boyle

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Arc of justice : a saga of race, civil rights, and murder in the Jazz Age
Title
Arc of justice
Title remainder
a saga of race, civil rights, and murder in the Jazz Age
Statement of responsibility
Kevin Boyle
Title variation
Saga of race, civil rights, and murder in the Jazz Age
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Language
eng
Summary
  • And so it began-a chain of events that brought America's greatest attorney, Clarence Darrow, into the fray and transformed Sweet into a controversial symbol of equality. Historian Kevin Boyle weaves the police investigation and courtroom drama of Sweet's murder trial into an unforgettable tapestry of narrative history that documents the volatile America of the 1920s and movingly re-creates the Sweet family's journey from slavery through the Great Migration to the middle class. Ossian Sweet's story, so richly and poignantly captured here, is an epic tale of one man trapped by the battles of his era's changing times
  • In 1925, Detroit was a smoky swirl of jazz and speakeasies, assembly lines and fistfights. The advent of automobiles had brought workers from around the globe to compete for manufacturing jobs, and tensions often flared with the KKK in ascendance and violence rising. Ossian Sweet, a proud Negro doctor-grandson of a slave-had made the long climb from the ghetto to a home of his own in a previously all-white neighborhood. Yet just after his arrival, a mob gathered outside his house suddenly, shots rang out: Sweet, or one of his defenders, had accidentally killed one of the whites threatening their lives and homes
Summary
The grandson of a slave, Dr. Ossian Sweet moved his family to an all-white Detroit neighborhood in 1925. When his neighbors attempted to drive him out, Sweet defended himself--resulting in the death of a white man and a murder trial for Sweet. There followed one of the most important (and shockingly unknown) cases in Civil Rights history. Also caught up in the intense courtroom drama were legal giant Clarence Darrow and the newly formed National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Award
  • National Book Award for Nonfiction, 2004.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2004
Awards note
"National book award winner"
Biography type
contains biographical information
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158759
Cataloging source
TET
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1960-
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Boyle, Kevin
Dewey number
345.07
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Sweet, Ossian
  • Darrow, Clarence
  • Trials (Murder)
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Detroit (Mich.)
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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a saga of race, civil rights, and murder in the Jazz Age
Label
Arc of justice : a saga of race, civil rights, and murder in the Jazz Age, Kevin Boyle
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [347]-395) and index
Contents
America -- Where death waits -- Ain't no slavery no more -- Migration -- Uplift me, pride -- White houses -- The letter of your law -- Freedmen, sons of God, Americans -- The prodigal son -- Prejudice -- Judgment day -- Requiescam
Control code
000041485263
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
415 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780805079333
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., ports.
Label
Arc of justice : a saga of race, civil rights, and murder in the Jazz Age, Kevin Boyle
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [347]-395) and index
Contents
America -- Where death waits -- Ain't no slavery no more -- Migration -- Uplift me, pride -- White houses -- The letter of your law -- Freedmen, sons of God, Americans -- The prodigal son -- Prejudice -- Judgment day -- Requiescam
Control code
000041485263
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
415 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780805079333
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., ports.

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