Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South Jules and Frances Landry Award

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LSU Press #ad - In his new introduction, Dan T. Scottsboro tells the riveting story of one of this country's most famous and controversial court cases and a tragic and revealing chapter in the history of the American South. In 1931, two white girls claimed they were savagely raped by nine young black men aboard a freight train moving across northeastern Alabama.

Carter looks back more than thirty-five years after he first wrote about the case, asking what we have learned that is new about it and what relevance the story of Scottsboro still has in the twenty-first century. The young men-ranging in age from twelve to nineteen-were quickly tried, and eight were sentenced to death.

Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South Jules and Frances Landry Award #ad - Originally published in 1970, sparking two film documentaries, Scottsboro triggered a new interest in the case, two autobiographies, several Hollywood docudramas, and numerous popular and scholarly articles on the case. The age of the defendants, the stunning rapidity of their trials, and the harsh sentences they received sparked waves of protest and attracted national attention during the 1930s.

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Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia

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Da Capo Press #ad - A haunting exploration of faith, what began as a journalistic assignment-covering the trial of an alabama pastor convicted of attempting to murder his wife with poisonous snakes-would evolve into a headlong plunge into a bizarre, mysterious, from a preacher convicted of attempted murder to a first-hand account of holiness serpent handling--"One of the best books on American religion from the last 25 years" Chicago Tribune For New York Times reporter Dennis Covington, and ultimately irresistible world of unshakable faith: the world of holiness snake handling.

Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia #ad - Set in the heart of appalachia, and extremity of faith-an exploration that gradually turns inward, power, Salvation on Sand Mountain is Covington's unsurpassed and chillingly captivating exploration of the nature, until Covington finds himself taking up the snakes.

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Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Three Tenant Families

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Mariner Books #ad - Let us now praise Famous Men was published to enormous critical acclaim. An unsparing record in words and pictures of this place, the people who shaped the land, and the rhythm of their lives, it would eventually be recognized by the New York Public Library as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century—and serve as an inspiration to artists from composer Aaron Copland to David Simon, creator of The Wire.

Time has done nothing to decrease this book’s power. Library Journal. This portrait of poverty-stricken Southern tenant farmers during the Great Depression has become one of the most influential books of the past century. With an additional sixty-four archival photos in this edition, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men remains as relevant and important as when it was first published over seventy-seven years ago.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Three Tenant Families #ad - Their journey would prove an extraordinary collaboration—and a watershed literary event. In the summer of 1936, pulitzer prize–winning writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans set out on assignment for Fortune magazine to explore the daily lives of white sharecroppers in the South. One of the most brutally revealing records of an America that was ignored by society—a class of people whose level of poverty left them as spiritually, mentally, and physically worn as the land on which they toiled.

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Politics and Power in a Slave Society: Alabama, 1800--1860

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LSU Press #ad - Playing upon their fears, the leaders of the southern rights movement warned that national consolidation presented the danger that fanatic northern reformers would force alien values upon Alabama and its residents. Controversial when it first appeared, the book argues against a view of prewar Alabama as an aristocratic society governed by a planter elite.

Instead, thornton claims that Alabama was an aggressively democratic state, and that this very egalitarianism set the stage for secession. White alabamians had first-hand experiences with slavery, and these encounters warned them to guard against the imposition of economic or social reforms that might limit their equality.

. Contrary to our conventional wisdom, slavery was not an un-American institution, but rather coexisted with and supported the democratic beliefs of white Alabama. More than three decades after its initial publication, J. Mills thornton's politics and Power in a Slave Society remains the definitive study of political culture in antebellum Alabama.

Politics and Power in a Slave Society: Alabama, 1800--1860 #ad - Politics and power in a slave society continues to inspire scholars by challenging one of the fundamental articles of the American creed: that democracy intrinsically produces good. These threats gained traction when national reforms of the 1850s gave state government a more active role in the everyday life of Alabama citizens; and ambitious young politicians were able to carry the state into secession in 1861.

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Stories of Scottsboro

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Vintage #ad - And it is just such a book that James Goodman has given us, a beautifully realized history. Written with complete authority, tight emotional control, and brilliant use of archival material. Chicago Tribune. To jury after jury, the idea that nine black men had raped two white women on a train traveling through northern Alabama in 1931 was so self-evident that they found the Scottsboro boys guilty even after the U.

S. A rich and compelling narrative, as taut and suspenseful as good fiction. To do justice to the scottsboro story a book would have to combine edge-of-the-seat reportage and epic narrative sweep. For out of dozens of period sources, stories of Scottsboro re-creates not only what happened at Scottsboro, but the dissonant chords it struck in the hearts and minds of an entire nation.

Stories of Scottsboro #ad - Extraordinary. Or, rather, it tells several stories. Supreme court had twice struck down the verdict and one of the "victims" had recanted. This innovative and grippingly narrated work of history tells the story of a case that marked a watershed in American racial justice. In places, stories of scottsboro is almost heartbreaking, not least because Goodman shows what people felt as well as what they thought.

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Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion

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Basic Books #ad - The pulitzer prize-winning history of the scopes trial and the battle over evolution and creation in america's schoolsIn the summer of 1925, represented by Clarence Darrow and the ACLU, became the setting for one of the twentieth century's most contentious courtroom dramas, pitting William Jennings Bryan and the anti-Darwinists against a teacher named John Scopes, in a famous debate over science, the sleepy hamlet of Dayton, Tennessee, religion, and their place in public education.

That trial marked the start of a battle that continues to this day-in cities and states throughout the country. Edward larson's classic summer for the Gods -- winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History -- is the single most authoritative account of this pivotal event. An afterword assesses the state of the battle between creationism and evolution, and points the way to how it might potentially be resolved.

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At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America Modern Library

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Modern Library #ad - It is the most comprehensive social history of this shameful subject in almost seventy years and should be recognized as a major addition to the bibliography of American race relations. David levering lewis “an important and courageous book, meticulously researched, well written, and carefully argued.

The boston globe “you don’t really know what lynching was until you read Dray’s ghastly accounts of public butchery and official complicity. Time. Philip dray also tells the story of the men and women who led the long and difficult fight to expose and eradicate lynching, including Ida B. If lynching is emblematic of what is worst about America, their fight may stand for what is best: the commitment to justice and fairness and the conviction that one individual’s sense of right can suffice to defy the gravest of wrongs.

At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America Modern Library #ad - This landmark book follows the trajectory of both forces over American history—and makes lynching’s legacy belong to us all. Praise for at the hands of persons unknown“in this history of lynching in the post-Reconstruction South—the most comprehensive of its kind—the author has written what amounts to a Black Book of American race relations.

The new yorker “a powerfully written, admirably perceptive synthesis of the vast literature on lynching. Du Bois. Wells, james weldon Johnson, Walter White, and W. E.

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Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

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Vintage #ad - And, new york state authorities prosecuted only the prisoners, ultimately, never once bringing charges against the officials involved in the retaking and its aftermath and neglecting to provide support to the survivors and the families of the men who had been killed. Winner of the 2017 pulitzer prize in history winner of the 2017 bancroft prizenational book award finalist * los angeles times book prize finalist * new york times notable book for 2016 * named a best book of the year by the boston globe,  newsweek, the state’s violent response, 1971,  kirkus, and the victims’ decades-long quest for justice   on september 9, nearly 1, and publishers weeklythe first definitive history of the infamous 1971 attica prison uprising, 300 prisoners took over the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York to protest years of mistreatment.

Blood in the water is the searing and indelible account of one of the most important civil rights stories of the last century. With black-and-white photos throughout. Drawing from more than a decade of extensive research, families of the victims, historian Heather Ann Thompson sheds new light on every aspect of the uprising and its legacy, former hostages, giving voice to all those who took part in this forty-five-year fight for justice: prisoners, lawyers and judges, and state officials and members of law enforcement.

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy #ad - Their gunfire killed thirty-nine men—hostages as well as prisoners—and severely wounded more than one hundred others. In the ensuing hours, weeks, and months, troopers and officers brutally retaliated against the prisoners. Holding guards and civilian employees hostage, the prisoners negotiated with officials for improved conditions during the four long days and nights that followed.

On september 13, the state abruptly sent hundreds of heavily armed troopers and correction officers to retake the prison by force.

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Courting Death

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Harvard University Press #ad - Courting Death #ad - While execution chambers remain active in several states, Carol Steiker and Jordan Steiker argue that the fate of the American death penalty is likely to be sealed by this failed judicial experiment. Refusing to eradicate the death penalty, the U. S. Has attempted to reform and rationalize capital punishment through federal constitutional law.

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Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell: Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck V. Bell

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The Johns Hopkins University Press #ad - Paul lombardo's startling narrative exposes the Buck case's fraudulent roots. In 1924 carrie buck -- involuntarily institutionalized by the State of Virginia after she was raped and impregnated -- challenged the state's plan to sterilize her. Bell. Three generations of imbeciles are enough. Few lines from supreme court opinions are as memorable as this declaration by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

The ruling allowed states to forcibly sterilize residents in order to prevent "feebleminded and socially inadequate" people from having children. Lombardo's more than twenty-five years of research and his own interview with Buck before she died demonstrate conclusively that she was destined to lose the case before it had even begun.

Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell: Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck V. Bell #ad - Virginia had carrie Buck sterilized shortly after the 1927 decision. Though buck set the stage for more than sixty thousand involuntary sterilizations in the United States and was cited at the Nuremberg trials in defense of Nazi sterilization experiments, it has never been overturned. It is the only time the Supreme Court endorsed surgery as a tool of government policy.

Neither carrie buck nor her mother and daughter were the "imbeciles" condemned in the Holmes opinion. Her lawyer -- a founder of the institution where she was held -- never challenged Virginia's arguments and called no witnesses on Buck's behalf. Three generations, no imbeciles tracks the notorious case through its history, revealing that it remains a potent symbol of government control of reproduction and a troubling precedent for the human genome era.

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New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan

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Vintage #ad - Exploring the political and social climate of the times, in a city rife with state intrigue and terror, Lepore dramatically shows how, the threat of black rebellion united the white political pluralities in a frenzy of racial fear and violence.  . Pulitzer prize finalist and anisfield-wolf award winnerin new york burning, Bancroft Prize-winning historian Jill Lepore recounts these dramatic events of 1741, when ten fires blazed across Manhattan and panicked whites suspecting it to be the work a slave uprising went on a rampage.

In the end, thirteen black men were burned at the stake, seventeen were hanged and more than one hundred black men and women were thrown into a dungeon beneath City Hall. Even back in the seventeenth century, the city was a rich mosaic of cultures, communities and colors, with slaves making up a full one-fifth of the population.

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