On a hot summer night in 1930, three black teenagers accused of murdering a young white man and raping his girlfriend waited for justice in an Indiana jail. A mob dragged them from the jail and lynched two of them. No one in Marion, Indiana was ever punished for the murders. In this gripping account, James H. Madison refutes the popular perception that lynching was confined to the South, and clarifies 20th century America's painful encounters with race, justice, and memory.
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Indiana University professor James H. Madison tells the story behind one of America's most infamous photographs: the image of two black teenagers dangling from a tree after a 1930 lynching in Marion, Indiana. The photo, reproduced on the cover, draws its power not only from the dead boys but also from the "shameless faces" of the white onlookers. The lynching itself involved three black teenagers accused of killing a white man and raping a white woman. Two of the alleged perpetrators were dragged from their jail cells shortly after they supposedly confessed to the crimes; the third, James Cameron, survived only because the crowd came to its senses. He was eventually convicted of voluntary manslaughter (but not murder or rape), served his time, went on to lead a productive life, and was pardoned by the governor in 1993. No member of the lynch mob, however, was ever brought to justice--even though their acts were captured on film and witnessed by thousands. There are holes in the story--whether Mary Ball really was raped "will likely never be known," says Madison--but A Lynching in the Heartland succeeds at providing a detailed look at a horrible incident and its aftermath. --John MillerAbout the Author:
James H. Madison is Miller Professor of History at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he teaches American history. This is his fourth book.
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Book Description Palgrave, 2001. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. 1st printing. From the publisher -- A gripping story about a hot summer evening in the Midwest, where three black teenagers, accused of murdering a young white man and raping his white girlfriend, waited for justice in an Indiana jail. As the sun set a mob dragged the three prisoners from the jail to the courthouse square and lynched two of them. No one in Marion was ever punished for these murders." A Lynching in the Heartland is the story of that horrible night, and how Marion's black and white citizens dealt with the tragedy. Yet Madison has written much more than a book about lynching - this is a book about America's long and violent struggles with its color line. Current list price: $24.95. Bookseller Inventory # 006754
Book Description Palgrave/St.Martin's, 2001. Hardcover, photos. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition; First Printing. Book and DJ New. No notes, names or ANY markings. DJ not price clipped ($24.95) ; 204 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 11717
Book Description Palgrave Macmillan, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110312239025
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