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

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

by Howard Smead
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195054296

ISBN-13: 2900195054292

Pub. Date: 04/28/1988

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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…  See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900195054292
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1988
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272

Table of Contents

Introductionix
1"Just Joe-Jacking Around"3
2Some Proud Southern Whites24
3A Quiet Friday Evening46
4The Morning After the Night Before59
5A Small Town in Mississippi72
6"The Floodgates of Hate and Hell"89
7"Don't Let Them Kill Me"107
8The FBI in Peace and War in Mississippi124
9Bad News from Bilboville149
10No Apologies165
11The Triumph of Southern Justice183
Epilogue200
Appendix A206
Appendix B208
Notes213
Bibliography236
Index241

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