Bloody Williamson

Bloody Williamson

by Paul M. Angle

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This is a horror story of native American violence. It carries a grim lesson for the whole country. Political doctrines have played no part in the violence and murder that have brought much ill fame to one corner of Illinois. On the map, Williamson is just another county. But in history it is a place in which a strange disease has raged for more than eighty years—a disease marked by a pathological tendency to settle differences by force.
     Fascinated by this, Paul M. Angle, the well-known historian, set out to discover what really had happened. Through enormous research he has been able to reconstruct the whole story in all its horrible, scarifying detail. Using the best techniques of reportage, without editorializing, without subjective coloration, he has produced a narrative beyond imagination. It begins with the "Bloody Vendetta," a feud that rampaged in the 1870s. It deals with labor's success in organizing coal mines in southern Illinois, an affair that twice blew up in violence. It covers the Herrin Massacre of 1922—perhaps the most shocking episode in the history of organized labor in this country—and the subsequent trials. The Ku Klux Klan provides material for four chapters that come to a climax in a fatal duel between the Klan and its opponents. And it ends with the story of the gang war between Charlie Birger and the Shelton brothers. It is a tale to shake the most phlegmatic reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804152778
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/15/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 516,307
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Paul McClelland Angle, is the well-known Lincoln historian and author of The Lincoln Reader (1947), "Here Have I Lived"—A History of Lincoln's Springfield (1935), and, with Carl Sandburg, Mary Lincoln, Wife and Widow (1932), among other books. He was secretary of the Abraham Lincoln Association from 1925 to 1932 and librarian of the Illinois State Historical Library and Illinois State Historian from 1932 to 1945. In 1945 he became director of the Chicago Historical Society. This wide experience in history, and particularly Illinois history, made him the perfect writer to set the violence in "Bloody Williamson" County in its proper perspective.

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