Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

By | July 17, 2019
Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America Author Gilbert King
ISBN-10 0061792268
ISBN-13 9780061792267
Year 2013-02-19
Pages 464
Language English
Publisher Harper Perennial
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Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction Nominated for a 2013 Edgar Award Book of the Year Non fiction 2012 The Boston Globe Christian Science Monitor In 1949 Florida s orange industry was booming and citrus barons got rich on the backs of cheap Jim Crow labor To maintain order and profits they turned to Willis V McCall a violent sheriff who ruled Lake County with murderous resolve When a white seventeen year old Groveland girl cried rape McCall was fast on the trail of four young blacks who dared to envision a future for themselves beyond the citrus groves By day s end the Ku Klux Klan had rolled into town burning the homes of blacks to the ground and chasing hundreds into the swamps hell bent on lynching the young men who came to be known as the Groveland Boys And so began the chain of events that would bring Thurgood Marshall the man known as Mr Civil Rights and the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century into the deadly 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 involved with the case and Marshall had endured continual 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 unprecedented access to the NAACP s Legal Defense Fund files King shines new light on this remarkable civil rights crusader setting his rich and driving narrative against the heroic backdrop of a case that U S Supreme Court justice Robert Jackson decried as one of the best examples of one of the worst menaces to American justice

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