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Anthony

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  • Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kevin Boyle
    • Narrated By Lizan Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    The grandson of a slave, Dr. Ossian Sweet moved his family to an all-white Detroit neighborhood in 1925. When his neighbors attempted to drive him out, Sweet defended himself, resulting in the death of a white man and a murder trial for Sweet. There followed one of the most important (and shockingly unknown) cases in Civil Rights history. Also caught up in the intense courtroom drama were legal giant Clarence Darrow and the newly formed National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

    Anthony Freyberg says: "Defending Your Life"
    "Defending Your Life"
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    This is a beautifully written and highly interesting story of a prominent, black physician and his courageous efforts to defend the lives and property of his family against the virulent and violent racism of Detroit in the early part of the 1920s. It is an amazing and harrowing tale all the more so because it actually happened. This was a very important case which ultimately involved some of this country illustrious legal and political legends; Clarence Darrow, Frank Murphy and Arthur Garfield Hays among them. Its a poignant and powerful story that culminates in a gripping court room drama. The carefully and detailed narrative which serves the story so well for the most part does at times overburden the reader with too much detail. This is especially true in the early chapters of Part 1 and I found myself fast forwarding through a lot of the text hoping to get back to the main story line. That being said, it is indeed an excellent audio book wonderfully narrated by Lizan Mitchell.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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