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Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age

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ISBN13: 9780805079333
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An electrifying story of the sensational murder trial that divided a city and ignited the civil rights struggle

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.

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.

 
Arc of Justice is the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

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In this electrifying story of the sensational murder trial that divided Detroit and ignited the civil rights struggle, Boyle weaves a tapestry of narrative history that documents the volatile America of the 1920s and recreates the Sweet family's journey from slavery to the middle class.

About the Author

Kevin Boyle, a professor of history at Ohio State University, is the author of The UAW and the Heyday of American Liberalism, 1945-1968. A former associate professor at the University of Massachusetts, he is also the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

He lives in Bexley, Ohio.

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Steve, July 5, 2006 (view all comments by Steve)
One of the most engrossing books I have read in a long time. The book reads like a novel, and the fact that it is a true story makes it even more compelling.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805079333
Author:
Boyle, Kevin
Publisher:
Holt McDougal
Subject:
History
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Trials (Murder)
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/20s
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Midwest
Subject:
African Americans - Civil rights - History -
Subject:
United States Race relations.
Subject:
General History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Political Freedom
Subject:
Security/Civil Rights
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
African American Studies-Black Heritage
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes eight pages of black-and-white
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.27 x 5.54 x 0.815 in
Age Level:
a period that witnessed the rebirth of the Ku Klux

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