One Man's Castle: Clarence Darrow in Defense of the American Dream / Edition 1

One Man's Castle: Clarence Darrow in Defense of the American Dream / Edition 1

by Phyllis Vine
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0060938277

ISBN-13: 2900060938276

Pub. Date: 02/01/2005

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

This tautly told story steps back to a time when Detroit's boosters described their city as one of the most cosmopolitan in the world. It was also a city in which tensions between blacks and whites seemed manageable. Yet all that changed in 1925, when a black family named Sweet bought and moved into a house in a white neighborhood. What began with mothers bringing

Overview

This tautly told story steps back to a time when Detroit's boosters described their city as one of the most cosmopolitan in the world. It was also a city in which tensions between blacks and whites seemed manageable. Yet all that changed in 1925, when a black family named Sweet bought and moved into a house in a white neighborhood. What began with mothers bringing their children to gawk and stare soon became an angry mob of men, some of them from the local KKK, with stones. The violence that ensued landed Ossian Sweet, a doctor from the "talented tenth," and others from his family in jail and compelled the NAACP -- which had taken up the Sweets' case -- to hire famed attorney Clarence Darrow, who had just finished defending the plaintiff in Tennessee v. John Scopes. Darrow's defense led to one of the most incendiary courtroom dramas in the history of the United States. The outcome was a triumph of cooperation that transcended race in the name of justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900060938276
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384

Table of Contents

Prologue1
Chapter 1Florida: "Incomparable and Indescribable"7
Chapter 2The Education of Ossian Sweet22
Chapter 3Moving Up45
Chapter 4Getting Settled57
Chapter 5"Detroit the Dynamic"71
Chapter 6Two Cities: Vienna and Paris91
Chapter 72905 Garland Avenue102
Chapter 8James Weldon Johnson and the NAACP120
Chapter 9Send Walter White136
Chapter 10Clarence Darrow Sets the Stage150
Chapter 11"Nobody Is Molesting You"161
Chapter 12Your Fight/My Fight178
Chapter 13The Night of September 9189
Chapter 14His Home Is His Castle206
Chapter 15A Reasonable Man?224
Chapter 16More Than a Partial Victory237
Chapter 17A Trial Fair245
Chapter 18The Darker Brother261
Epilogue: After the Trials269
Endnotes273
Bibliography307
Acknowledgments315
Index319

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