Blood Justice The Lynching of Mack Charles Parker

ISBN-10: 0195054296
ISBN-13: 9780195054293
Edition: 1988
Authors: Howard Smead
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Description: Based on previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department documents, extensive interviews with many of the surviving principals involved in the case, and a variety of newspaper accounts, Smead meticulously reconstructs the full story of one of the  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/14/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Based on previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department documents, extensive interviews with many of the surviving principals involved in the case, and a variety of newspaper accounts, Smead meticulously reconstructs the full story of one of the last lynchings in America, detailing a grim, dramatic, but nearly forgotten episode from the Civil Rights era. In 1959, a white mob in Poplarville, Mississippi abducted a young black man named Mack Charles Parker--recently charged with the rape of a white woman--from his jail cell, beat him, carried him across state lines, finally shot him, and left his body in the Pearl River. A massive FBI investigation ensued, and two grand juries met to investigate the lynching, yet no arrests were ever made. Smead presents a vivid picture of a small Southern town gripped by racism and distrust of federal authority, and describes the travesty of justice that followed in the wake of the lynching. Ultimately revealing more than an account of a single lynching, he offers what he calls "a glimpse at the tidal forces at work in the South on the eve of the civil rights revolution."

Introduction
""""Just Joe-Jacking Around""""
Some Proud Southern Whites
A Quiet Friday Evening
The Morning After the Night Before
A Small Town in Mississippi
""""The Floodgates of Hate and Hell""""
""""Don't Let Them Kill Me""""
The Fbi in Peace and War in Mississippi
Bad News from Bilboville
No Apologies
The Triumph of Southem Justice
Epilogue
Conclusions of the Justice Department About Violations of Federal Law by Lynch Mobs (contained in Letter from Malcolm R. Wilkey to William Rogers, May 25, 1959)
Judge Sebe Dale's Charge to the Pearl River County Grand Jury (poplarville Democrat, Nov. 5, 1959) Nov. 5, 1959, Judge Sebe Dale Delivers Strong Charge to Grand Jury Without Mentioning Specific Cases
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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