Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
* Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
* Nominated for a 2013 Edgar Award
* Book of the Year (Non-fiction, 2012) The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor
In 1949, Florida's orange industry was booming, and citrus barons gotrich on the backs of cheap Jim Crow labor. To maintain order andprofits, they turned to Willis V. McCall, a violent sheriff who ruledLake County with murderous resolve. When a white seventeen-year-oldGroveland girl cried rape, McCall was fast on the trail of four youngblacks who dared to envision a future for themselves beyond the citrusgroves. By day's end, the Ku Klux Klan had rolled into town, burning thehomes of blacks to the ground and chasing hundreds into the swamps,hell-bent on lynching the young men who came to be known as "theGroveland Boys."
And so began the chain of events that wouldbring Thurgood Marshall, the man known as "Mr. Civil Rights," and themost important American lawyer of the twentieth century, into the deadlyfray. Associates thought it was suicidal for him to wade into the"Florida Terror" at a time when he was irreplaceable to the burgeoningcivil rights movement, but the lawyer would not shrink from thefight--not after the Klan had murdered one of Marshall's NAACPassociates involved with the case and Marshall had endured continualthreats that he would be next.
Drawing on a wealth ofnever-before-published material, including the FBI's unredactedGroveland case files, as well as unprecedented access to the NAACP'sLegal Defense Fund files, King shines new light on this remarkable civilrights crusader, setting his rich and driving narrative against theheroic backdrop of a case that U.S. Supreme Court justice Robert Jacksondecried as "one of the best examples of one of the worst menaces toAmerican justice.
Specifications of Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
|Edition||First Edition first Printing|
|Number Of Pages||448|
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