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The Lynchings in Duluth

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Fedo, a Duluth native and former correspondent for the New York Times, retells the story of the lynching of three black men for the alleged rape of a white woman in Duluth, MN in 1920, based on newspaper accounts, court records, state files, and interviews with witnesses. This unusual Northern lynching received wide public attention at the time, due in part to the fact that nearly one tenth of the city's residents were in attendance to watch the hangings. Annotation c. Book ...
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Fedo, a Duluth native and former correspondent for the New York Times, retells the story of the lynching of three black men for the alleged rape of a white woman in Duluth, MN in 1920, based on newspaper accounts, court records, state files, and interviews with witnesses. This unusual Northern lynching received wide public attention at the time, due in part to the fact that nearly one tenth of the city's residents were in attendance to watch the hangings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873513869
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 809,919
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

    A poorly written book with little factual information... misleading and speculative to the extreme

    When reading this book, I found the first flaw in the first paragraph I read. The story stated that in Duluth... we would be expecting a snow... in June. As living in Duluth my whole life, and this has never happened, I have chosen this to be false. As the author continues the story, he never mentions which names he has changed for the sake of the person involved with the rape. He also mentions the interviews that made this book possible; interviews based on people who had heard about the lynchings from their parents... and the young lady who got raped. She states she does not remember anything that happens. For Michael Fedo to write a book with so little information based on town gossip, I would classify "The Lynchings n Duluth" as a fiction book. Taken as such, it is a boxed in speculation that I would recomend none to read. Whether or not the girl got raped won't ever be clear to us, unless other, more significant and trustworthy information appears, not "he said she said she saw" gossip. My rating for this book is a -5, if that's even possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2007

    The Lynchings in Duluth's Review

    Michael Fedo presented this historical time of the lyncings very well and in great detail. This book focuses completely on what happened from the lynchings through the trials that later took place. I personally liked the fact that the title of the book gave the overview of what it was about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2007

    My Review of The Lynchings in Duluth

    I thought that this book was exciting for someone interested in the Duluth, MN area. For people who are interested in a part of history in which Duluthians keep secret amongst themselves, hoping to forget the tragic event. It keeps you in suspense with detailed time and events. With person to person accounts of what actually happened at that moment of time. Anyone who is interested in a great book and wishes to learn more about Duluth¿s secret past should read this book. Reviewed by J.Porter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2004

    Lynchings in Duluth

    The book The Lynchings in Duluth by Michael Fedo was able to give the reader a very detail image of what happened on June 15, 1920 when three black men Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Issac McGhie were hung for and accused rape. Being from the Duluth area myself, i felt it was very important for me to learn about this signifigant part of history, and this book was able to give that to me. There was a point when the details in the book became a little too much to handle, but that is what made the book so shocking and fascinating. When you are finished reading this book you would have never thought that during that time such an incident would happen in such a small city in the north. I enjoyed this book very much, and it made me realize that Duluth isn't a dull town; in fact, it is quiet interesting. Minnesota Historical Society Press 2000

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2004

    Lynchings in Duluth

    The book The Lynchings in Duluth by Michael Fedo was able to give the reader a very detail image of what happened on June 15, 1920 when three black men were hung for an accused rape. Being from the Duluth area myself, I felt it was very important for me to learn about this significant part of history and Michael Fedo was able to do that for me. There was a point when the details became a little too much to handle, but that is what made the book so shocking and fascinating. When you are finished reading this book you would have never thought that during that time such an incident would happen in a small city in the North. I enjoyed this book very much, and it made me realize that Duluth isn¿t a dull town; in fact, it has an interesting history.

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