Blood Justice: The Lynching of Mack Charles Parker / Edition 1

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The year was 1959; the place, Poplarville, Mississippi. Charged with the rape of a white woman, a young black man named Mack Charles Parker was abducted from his jail cell by a white mob, beaten, carried across state lines, and ultimately shot, with his abductors leaving his body in the Pearl River. A massive FBI investigation ensued, and two grand juries met to investigate the case; yet no arrests or indictments were ever made.

Blood Justice meticulously reconstructs for the first time the full story of one of the last lynchings in America, detailing a grim, dramatic, but nearly forgotten episode from the Civil Rights era. Based on previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department documents, extensive interviews with many of the surviving principals involved in the case, and a variety of newspaper accounts, Howard Smead presents a vivid picture of a small Southern town gripped by racism and distrust of federal authority, and describes the travesty of justice that followed in the wake of the lynching.

"A brutal, yet compelling document of a troubled time."--Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195054293
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1988
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,270,683
  • Lexile: 1390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.38 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Smead is a lecturer in History and Afro-American Studies at the University of Maryland and Director of Night Research at The Washington Post.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
1 "Just Joe-Jacking Around" 3
2 Some Proud Southern Whites 24
3 A Quiet Friday Evening 46
4 The Morning After the Night Before 59
5 A Small Town in Mississippi 72
6 "The Floodgates of Hate and Hell" 89
7 "Don't Let Them Kill Me" 107
8 The FBI in Peace and War in Mississippi 124
9 Bad News from Bilboville 149
10 No Apologies 165
11 The Triumph of Southern Justice 183
Epilogue 200
Appendix A206
Appendix B208
Notes 213
Bibliography 236
Index 241
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2010

    My grandmother knew these people

    My dad told me his mother knew the "white woman" that "claimed" rape. She stated to my dad "That woman didn't get what she deserved." I asked my dad what she had meant. He said the woman had lied about being raped. An old man in my neighborhood (no longer living) could name everyone involved in the lynching. Many other people could do the same. Yet no one was ever charged.

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