The extreme violence of the crime put a national spotlight on the Jim Crow ways of the South, and many Americans - black and white - were further outraged at the speedy trial of the white murderers. Although the two white men were tried and acquitted by an all-white jury, they later bragged publicly about the crime. It was a galvanizing moment for black leaders and ordinary citizens, including such activists as Rosa Parks.
In clear, vivid detail Chris Crowe investigates the before-and-aftermath of the crime, as well as the dramatic court trial, and places it into the context of the nascent Civil Rights Movement.
©2003 Chris Crowe; (P)2008 Penguin
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