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Peekskill USA Inside the Infamous 1949 Riots

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ISBN-10: 0486452964

ISBN-13: 9780486452968

Edition: 2006

Authors: Howard Fast

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In the late summer of 1949, a racist mob protesting a concert by African-American singer Paul Robeson assaulted working class blacks and whites with rocks and bottles in upstate New York. Fast's compelling and detailed you-are-there account of the violence records a landmark in the civil rights movement. 10 illustrations.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/4/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Howard Fast was born on November 11, 1914 in Manhattan. At the age of 17, he sold his first story to Amazing Stories magazine. The next year he sold his first novel, Two Villages, to the Dial Press for a $100 advance. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 80 books, including Conceived in Liberty, The Unvanquished, Citizen Tom Paine, Freedom Road, April Morning, The Immigrants, Second Generation, The Establishment, The Legacy, and Greenwich. He won the Stalin International Peace Prize in 1953. A member of the Communist party, he served three months in a federal prison in 1950 for refusing to testify about his political activity. Blacklisted as a result, he founded his own publishing house, Blue Heron Press, which released his novel Spartacus in 1951. In 1957, he wrote a book about his political experiences entitled The Naked God. He also wrote a series of detective stories under the name E. V. Cunningham. He died on March 12, 2003 at the age of 88.