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Book Review of Arc of Justice : A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age

Arc of Justice : A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age
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A story that has been too soon forgotten. A black doctor moves to Detroit in the early 20th Century from the South, hoping to find a community where he can advance and lead a better life than what would have been possible where he grew up. All goes pretty well, until he decides to move into a white neighborhood. A mob threatens his new home and his family; Violence follows. This journalistic book is thorough and fascinating. Soon famous figures are crowding the stage as a trial reveals much about white/black relations in Detroit. The book concludes with a what-happened next to each major player. Highly recommended.


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