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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
|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|
|11||The Triumph of Southern Justice||183|
Posted August 13, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.