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The mercy seat, Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop

Label
The mercy seat
Title
The mercy seat
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
As the sun begins to set over Louisiana one October day in 1943, a young black man faces the final hours of his life: at midnight, eighteen-year-old Willie Jones will be executed by electric chair for raping a white girl - a crime some believe he did not commit. In a tale taut with tension, events unfold hour by hour from the perspectives of nine people involved. They include Willie himself, who knows what really happened, and his father, desperately trying to reach the town jail to see his son one last time; the prosecuting lawyer, haunted by being forced to seek the death penalty against his convictions, and his wife, who believes Willie to be innocent; the priest who has become a friend to Willie; and a mother whose only son is fighting in the Pacific, bent on befriending her black neighbours in defiance of her husband. In this exceptionally powerful novel, Elizabeth Winthrop explores matters of justice, racism and the death penalty in a fresh, subtle and profoundly affecting way. Her kaleidoscopic narrative allows us to inhabit the lives of her characters and see them for what they are - complex individuals, making fateful choices we might not condone, but can understand
Summary
Set during the hours leading up to the scheduled execution of a black teen for the alleged rape of a white woman in 1943 Louisiana, a meticulous portrait of race, racism and injustice in the Jim Crow era South traces the experiences of the convicted boy; his father, the District Attorney; the convict truck driver delivering the executioner's chair and a couple grappling with grief and secrets
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Storyline
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Character
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10657953
Cataloging source
APLS
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1979-
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Winthrop, Elizabeth Hartley
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Race discrimination
  • City and town life
  • Death row inmates
  • Discrimination in capital punishment
  • Right and wrong
  • African American prisoners
  • Judicial error
  • Race relations
  • Discrimination in capital punishment
  • Right and wrong
  • Political ethics
  • Louisiana
  • Louisiana
  • New Iberia (La.)
Target audience
adult
Label
The mercy seat, Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000062220361
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
258 pages
Isbn
9781473672505
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1002115838
Label
The mercy seat, Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000062220361
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
258 pages
Isbn
9781473672505
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1002115838

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