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A Death in Texas: A Story of Race, Murder, and a Small Town's Struggle for Redemption

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"Gripping and finely crafted . . . a powerful and important book, one that poses tough questions about whether America can ever suture the rift between its races." -The Denver Post On June 7, 1998, a trio of young white men chained a black man named James Byrd, Jr., to the bumper of a truck and dragged him three miles down a country road. From the initial investigation and through the trials and their aftermath, A Death in Texas follows the turns of events through the eyes of Sheriff Billy Rowles and other townspeople trying to come to grips with the killing. Drawing on extensive interviews with key players, Dina Temple-Raston brings to life a cast of remarkable characters: the unrepentant baby-faced killer, Bill King; Jasper's white patriarch and former Jack Ruby defense attorney, Joe Tonahill; the hard-drinking victim, James Byrd Jr.; the determined district attorney, Guy James Gray; and Sheriff Rowles, who held them together. 16-pp b&w insert; 1 map

Synopsis:

On June 7, 1998, a trio of young white men chained a black man named James Byrd, Jr., to the bumper of a truck and dragged him three miles down a country road. From the initial investigation and through the trials and their aftermath, A Death in Texas follows the turns of events through the eyes of Sheriff Billy Rowles and other townspeople trying to come to grips with the killing. Drawing on extensive interviews with key players, Dina Temple-Raston brings to life a cast of remarkable characters: the unrepentant baby-faced killer, Bill King; Jasper's white patriarch and former Jack Ruby defense attorney, Joe Tonahill; the hard-drinking victim, James Byrd Jr.; the determined district attorney, Guy James Gray; and Sheriff Rowles, who held them together.

About the Author

Currently a producer for CNN-FN, Dina Temple-Raston has worked as a foreign correspondent in China and Hong Kong, a White House reporter for Bloomburg Business News, and a correspondent for USA Today. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805072778
Subtitle:
A Story of Race, Murder and a Small Town's Struggle for Redemption
Author:
Temple-Raston, Dina
Author:
Temple-Raston, Dina
Publisher:
Holt Paperbacks
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
Hate crimes
Subject:
Jasper
Subject:
African American men
Subject:
Discrimination & Race Relations
Subject:
Byrd, James
Edition Number:
1st Owl books ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 02-1
Publication Date:
20030102
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-pp bandw insert; 1 map
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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On June 7, 1998, a trio of young white men chained a black man named James Byrd, Jr., to the bumper of a truck and dragged him three miles down a country road. From the initial investigation and through the trials and their aftermath, A Death in Texas follows the turns of events through the eyes of Sheriff Billy Rowles and other townspeople trying to come to grips with the killing. Drawing on extensive interviews with key players, Dina Temple-Raston brings to life a cast of remarkable characters: the unrepentant baby-faced killer, Bill King; Jasper's white patriarch and former Jack Ruby defense attorney, Joe Tonahill; the hard-drinking victim, James Byrd Jr.; the determined district attorney, Guy James Gray; and Sheriff Rowles, who held them together.

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