The Lynching

The Lynching

The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan

Book - 2016
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Describes the brutal killing of a young Black man in Alabama and subsequent conviction of two Klansmen in 1981 and the civil suit against the United Klans of America that exposed the true motives and philosophy of the organization and ultimately bankrupted them.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062458346
Branch Call Number: 323.1196 LEA 2016
Characteristics: x, 372 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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May 24, 2017

If you know the name Morris Dees but not much about him, this is a good introduction. A good and engrossing read.

Aug 25, 2016

Interesting book about the lawsuit that killed the KKK, brought by Morris Dees, the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Group. The lawsuit was a civil case arising out of the 1981 lynching of Michael Donald by KKK members. Dees and his SPL assistants obtained from an Alabama jury a $7 million verdict, which, of course, the Klan could not pay. Surprisingly, Dees started out as a segregationist and even campaigned for George Wallace early in his career. Although several reviewers have complained that the book is really a history of the civil rights movement, it is hardly that. The book does go into background material to explain the KKK's status before and after the lynching and the toxic racial atmosphere that led to it (including George Wallace's part in promoting that atmosphere), but does not go into the entire civil rights movement. The writing is not as good as the best personal journalists', and is reminiscent of a news writer trying to meet a deadline.

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