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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2008

    Had to buy it for History class...great book

    I had to buy this book for my history 442 class. This book is a long book but a great thriller. it ends sadly though...but a great story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    This book is sure one amazing one because it so surreal how Boyl

    This book is sure one amazing one because it so surreal how Boyle's is able to connect the historical event to what feels like a fictional piece. Kudos to him. The main character Mr. Ossian Sweet is moving into a white neighborhood during times of discrimination and his brother Henry Sweet is accused of murder on terms of self defense. Arc of justice shows that even passionate white lawyers can be good people too. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2008

    Ossian

    Bacon flip flopped through the time line to present a story from all sides. In a time of serious racial struggle, the Ossian Sweet case has been overlooked in history previously. Its implications of race issues integrated with class were thought provoking and worth great consideration. Bacon retold the true story in a way that would catch anyone's attention. This is a great inside look into the struggles of one man that can be linked with the struggles of many.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2008

    Good Book

    This was a good book that everyone should know the story of! Reading this book truley opened my eyes to how large a problem racism was outside of the South. This stroy of Ossian Sweet depicts how a well to do doctor in Detriot is treaty like a common criminal for protecting his home and life. This book will enlighten you to how large the problem of racism was throughout the whole country.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2008

    Ossian Sweet

    Arc of Justice follows the turbulent life and trial of Ossian Sweet. Sweet was a young and succesful doctor looking for a home to settle in with his young family. When he picked a house in a white neighborhood he knew there was going to be trouble and moved in th reinforcements. When the riot he expected broke out shots were fired and two white men were shot. Boyle's book takes on the famous trial that Clarence Darrow headed. Boyle's writing is drenched in the context of the time, showing that the south wasnt the only place where racism was running rampid, and linking together all the contextual happenings of northern america to show why Sweet felt he had to move in to his home armed and ready for trouble

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2008

    Arc of Justice

    This was a very interesting book. The beginning can be a little slow but as the story progresses it becomes quite interesting and can lend a very helping hand in understand Detroit in 1925. The racial tension is displayed thoughout the story and shows that despite being a city in the North, Detroit was filled with racial violence. It also has a powerful ending so be prepared.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 11, 2008

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