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Devil in the Grove

Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of A New America

King, Gilbert

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Devil in the Grove
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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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Publisher: New York : Harper, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061792281
0061792284
Branch Call Number: 305.896073 K528d 2012
Characteristics: x, 434 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm

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A richly detailed chronicle of racial injustice in the Florida town of Groveland in 1949, involving four black men falsely accused of rape and drawing a civil rights crusader, and eventual Supreme Court justice, into the legal battle. (Pulitzer Prize citation)


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Nov 30, 2014
  • Mothercat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent account of the trauma suffered by many during the civil rights struggle, and the efforts to address the inequalities of the justice system.

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