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Devil in the Grove

Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of A New America
King, Gilbert (Book - 2012 )
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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.
Authors: King, Gilbert
Title: Devil in the grove
Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the dawn of a new America
Publisher: New York :, Harper,, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 434 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Gilbert King
Contents: Prologue
Mink slide
Sugar Hill
Get to pushin'
Nigger in a pit
Trouble fixin' to start
A little Bolita
Wipe this place clean
A Christmas card
Don't shoot, white man
Quite a hose wielder
Bad egg
Atom masher
In any fight some fall
My own curiosity
You have pissed in my whiskey
It's a funny thing
No man alive or to be born
All over the place, like rats
Knows more law
A genius here before us
The colored way
A place in the sun
Epilogue
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780061792281
0061792284
Branch Call Number: 305.896073 K528d 2012
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