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Fire in a Canebrake The Last Mass Lynching in America

free read Fire in a Canebrake The Last Mass Lynching in America 106 Dscape from sheriffs to white supremacists to the victims themselves including a white man who claims to have been a secret witness to the crime By turns a powerful historical document a murder mystery and a cautionary tale Fire in a Canebrake ignites a powerful contemplation on race humanity history and the epic struggle for tru. I had to read this book for my history class sopho year of college History isn t exactly my favorite subject but this book intrigued me The I read it the I loved it the less I wanted to put it down The stories that I found in these pages make my heart ache A part of me is ashamed that America was once like this and at times still is This book really opened my eyes to the history of this country to what the former slaves had to go through once they were finally freed I really wish I had read this book earlier in my academic career maybe I would have been interested in history

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free read Fire in a Canebrake The Last Mass Lynching in America 106 July 25 1946 In Walton County Georgia a mob of white men commit one of the most heinous racial crimes in America's history the shotgun murder of four black sharecroppers two men and two women at Moore's Ford Bridge Fire in a Canebrake the term locals used to describe the sound of the fatal gunshots is the story of our nation's la. The worst thing about this book is how easy it is to see the parallels between how racists behave today and how they behaved 70 years ago when they were still lynching people Some of the uotes from the townspeople were almost word for word the same as uotes I hear racists spouting today It was incredibly dishearteningAs to the book itself it s interesting well researched and informative I thought the writing was fairly engaging Difficult topic though

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free read Fire in a Canebrake The Last Mass Lynching in America 106 St mass lynching on record More than a half century later the lynchers' identities still remain unknown Drawing from interviews archival sources and uncensored FBI reports acclaimed journalist and author Laura Wexler takes readers deep into the heart of Walton County bringing to life the characters who inhabited that infamous lan. I d recommend this one to anyone interested in race relations civil rights etc I see it as an important piece of US history regarding racial hate The book provides a lot of info about electionsvoting political lobbying to try to enact federal anti lynching laws state federal justice systems during those time periods as well as the beginnings of civil rights advances under President Truman I also learned that lynchings are not just by rope I always thought of them that way but are any kind of vigilante killing by a groupmob In this case the four victims were killed by being shot I also learned that as of 2003 when the book came out there has never been a federal anti lynching law that was passed Apparently in 2005 the Senate passed a resolution expressing remorse that they never did pass a federal anti lynching lawIn retrospect I should have used post its to mark pages as there were things I wanted to remember or comment on now have no idea where they are in the bookI m going to try to flip through pull out a couple of piecesIn 1946 Eugene Talmadge James Carmichael were running against each other for the Governor s seat At that time Georgia had a county unit system not too unlike the electoral college So even though Carmichael the less conservative of the two men won the popular vote by than 16k votes Talmadge basically a white supremacist won the actual post because of the county unit systemApparently after lynchings it was uite popular for crowds to show up to look for lynching souvenirs pieces of rope or bullets body parts clothing anything Taking photos was also popular especially if the bodies were still there which was fortunately not the case here as they had been picked up by a funeral home the evening it happenedOn this Friday morning in 1946 there was no chance of collecting a finger a penis or even a photograph of the lynching victims battered bodies as they d been transported to Monroe late the evening before Yet the souvenir collectors came nonetheless fueled by the hope of finding a memento or a talisman anything that could connect them to what they saw as the excitement and drama if not the horror of the uadruple murderandWhat they didn t consider however was that the men who d killed Roger and Dorothy Malcolm and George and Mae Murray Dorsey had committed a murder so extreme that it would become an icon of postwar violence a symbol of the chasm between the promise of democracy and the reality of life for black people in America in 1946 What they couldn t predict was that the men who fired the shots at Moore s Ford had made history the nation would never again see as many victims lynched on a single day after July 25 1946During the funerals for the four victims few attended many out of fear of reprisal for attending or for seeming to know or consort with those who had been killed George Mae Murray Dorsey were siblings their mom missed their funeral because she couldn t easily find a ride for hours others were too scared to take her one man had anticipated he d be asked for a ride so he broke his car himself prior to being asked another man agreed then went got so drunk that he couldn t drive thereby giving himself an out alsoThe FBI investigated a federal grand jury was even convened even though there was no federal anti lynching law there was so much national attention on this case that the FBI was trying to get info a case based on some minor federal offenses but the case remains unsolved to this day due to the wall of silence by so many in Walton county those guilty complicit or too scareddependent on staying in the community to talkThe efforts of the federal government ultimately were no match for a jury selected from a white community that didn t view attacks on black people as crimes That had been proven with the Verners trials as it had been proven one month before in Greenville South Carolina when a local jury had found thirty one white men charged with lynching a black man named Willie Earle not guilty even though twenty six of those men had admitted to the FBI that they d been members of the lynch mobAs far as furthering the national conversation about civil rightsThe crime had now gone unpunished And yet Walter White and his liberal allies took comfort because nearly four weeks after the federal government failed to win convictions against the Verner brothers an American president addressed the NAACP s annual conference for the first time in history I should like to talk to you about civil rights and human freedom President Truman said as he stood at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial on June 29 1947andFour months after Truman s June address to the NAACP the President s Committee on Civil Rights issued a report containing nearly three dozen recommendations for improving the state of civil rights in America When on February 2 1948 President Truman sent a special message to Congress asking it to enact several of the report s recommendations he became the first American president to put civil rights at the forefront of the national agendaFrom the Author s Note at the end of the bookMy conversations with the white people who did consent to being interviewed were essential to my understanding of the lynching less for the information they supplied than for the way they revealed how segregated the memory of the Moore s Ford lynching remains This segregation is evident in the opposing beliefs about the lynching s victims and villains and about its very causation But it s evident most starkly in the different meanings and significances attributed to the lynching For many black people the lynching was the most horrific thing that ever happened in Walton or Oconee counties but for many white people it was mainly an annoyance an event that smudged the area s good nameandAnd the segregated memories of the Moore s Ford lynching reveal something basic The only way for blacks and whites to live together peacefully in America in the twenty first century is if we begin struggling to understand and acknowledge the extent to which racism has destroyed and continues to destroy our ability to tell a common truthWhen I began this project I had hoped to solve the murders hoped for prosecution of the lynchers But now after years of investigation I believe we ll never know who fired the shots in the clearing near the Moore s Ford Bridge on July 25 1946 And I wonder if that unanswered uestion that hole where the center should be isn t the truest representation of race in AmericaWise still accurate words I think 15 years after this book was published

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  • Fire in a Canebrake The Last Mass Lynching in America
  • Laura Wexler
  • English
  • 15 March 2018
  • 9780684868172