Flames After Midnight / Edition 2

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Overview

What happened in Kirven, Texas, in May 1922, has been forgotten by the outside world. It was a coworker's whispered words, "Kirven is where they burned the [Negroes]," that set Monte Akers to work at discovering the true story behind a young white woman's brutal murder and the burning alive of three black men who were almost certainly innocent of it. This was followed by a month-long reign of terror as white men killed blacks while local authorities concealed the real identity of the white probable murderers and allowed them to go free.

Writing nonfiction with the skill of a novelist, Akers paints a vivid portrait of a community desolated by race hatred and its own refusal to face hard truths. He sets this tragedy within the story of a region prospering from an oil boom but plagued by lawlessness, and traces the lynching's repercussions down the decades to the present day. In the new epilogue, Akers adds details that have come to light as a result of the book's publication, including an eyewitness account of the burnings from an elderly man who claimed to have castrated two of the men before they were lynched.

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Editorial Reviews

USA Today
Flames after Midnight vividly captures [a] culture in all its repugnance, exploring the tenor of the times and delving into the character of the story’s central figures. While it cannot by its nature be pleasant to read, it is a well-written and compelling history that in its scope extends beyond Kirven [Texas]. Akers holds up a mirror so that we see ourselves, in historical retrospect, at our worst.
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Flames after Midnight vividly captures [a] culture in all its repugnance, exploring the tenor of the times and delving into the character of the story's central figures. While it cannot by its nature be pleasant to read, it is a well-written and compelling history that in its scope extends beyond Kirven [Texas]. Akers holds up a mirror so that we see ourselves, in historical retrospect, at our worst.
—USA Today
USA Today
Flames after Midnight vividly captures [a] culture in all its repugnance, exploring the tenor of the times and delving into the character of the story's central figures. While it cannot by its nature be pleasant to read, it is a well-written and compelling history that in its scope extends beyond Kirven [Texas]. Akers holds up a mirror so that we see ourselves, in historical retrospect, at our worst.
USA Today

Flames after Midnight vividly captures [a] culture in all its repugnance, exploring the tenor of the times and delving into the character of the story's central figures. While it cannot by its nature be pleasant to read, it is a well-written and compelling history that in its scope extends beyond Kirven [Texas]. Akers holds up a mirror so that we see ourselves, in historical retrospect, at our worst.

USA Today
Flames after Midnight vividly captures [a] culture in all its repugnance, exploring the tenor of the times and delving into the character of the story's central figures. While it cannot by its nature be pleasant to read, it is a well-written and compelling history that in its scope extends beyond Kirven [Texas]. Akers holds up a mirror so that we see ourselves, in historical retrospect, at our worst.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292726338
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Series: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 965,307
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

MONTE AKERS lived in Freestone County, Texas, where the events in this book took place, for nine years. He is now a partner in the Akers & Boulware-Wells law firm in Austin. He is also an adjunct professor at Texas State University–San Marcos.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Part One
Prologue to Part One
Chapter 1. Eula
Chapter 2. Kirven, the County, the Country, and the Kings
Chapter 3. The Instant when Music Shatters Glass
Chapter 4. Sheriff Mayo
Chapter 5. Manhunt
Chapter 6. A “Good Job” in the Early Hours of the Morning
Chapter 7. This Cold World of Care
Chapter 8. Terror
Part Two
Prologue to Part Two
Chapter 9. A Visitor from Waco
Chapter 10. Confirmation
Chapter 11. Doll Rags
Chapter 12. Greater Irony
Chapter 13. A Place in Blackest History
Chapter 14. Burning Questions
Chapter 15. Epilogue: A Notoriety Deeply to be Regretted
Chapter 16. Epilogue to the Revised Edition

Notes
Index

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