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Fire in a Canebrake: The Last Mass Lynching in America

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July 25, 1946. In Walton County, Georgia, a mob of white men commit one of the most heinous racial crimes in America's history: the shotgun murder of four black sharecroppers — two men and two women — at Moore's Ford Bridge. Fire in a Canebrake, the term locals used to describe the sound of the fatal gunshots, is the story of our nation's last mass lynching on record. More than a half century later, the lynchers' identities still remain unknown.

Drawing from interviews, archival sources, and uncensored FBI reports, acclaimed journalist and author Laura Wexler takes readers deep into the heart of Walton County, bringing to life the characters who inhabited that infamous landscape — from sheriffs to white supremacists to the victims themselves — including a white man who claims to have been a secret witness to the crime. By turns a powerful historical document, a murder mystery, and a cautionary tale, Fire in a Canebrake ignites a powerful contemplation on race, humanity, history, and the epic struggle for truth.

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Originally published by Scribner in 2003; 0-684-86816-4

About the Author

Laura Wexler's work has appeared in The Oxford American, DoubleTake, and Utne Reader, among other publications. She has taught writing at the University of Georgia and Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Baltimore. Visit the author's website at www.fireinacanebrake.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684868172
Author:
Wexler, Laura
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Author:
Wexler, L
Author:
aura
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to present)
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
January 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 9.52 oz

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