Two idealistic black lawyers intervened, filing appeals to the state and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court, citing the numerous rights denied the most-likely innocent Ed Johnson. (One of the attorneys said of the suspect, "But for the will of God, that is me.") The high court agreed to hear the appeal, staying the Tennessee execution. But back in Chattanooga, the politically minded Sheriff Shipp looked the other way as a bloodthirsty crowd of hundreds broke Johnson out of jail, beat him brutally, and lynched him on the county bridge.
Mark Curriden, a legal writer for the Dallas Morning News, and Leroy Phillips, a Chattanooga trial attorney, have painstakingly researched and vividly recounted the events of this oft-overlooked but significant episode in America's legal history, from the details of the original crime to the eventual federal conviction of Shipp and members of the lynch mob for contempt. A superb combination of journalistic storytelling and academic rigor. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
great read for me. It was resourceful when it came to my paper in school.Published 4 months ago by V. Young
This book was a page turner. It was well written and compiled to be historically accurate. I absolutely recommend it.Published 6 months ago by Jessica M.
Well written about a little known event and important legal episode. Anyone interested in American history would enjoy this book.Published 7 months ago by Gene Gant
I ran across this book reviewed in the Harlan Family news letter otherwise I would probably never have noticed it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Shirley A Suttle
Contempt of Court is the compelling story of a Chattanooga lynching and its national repercussions. In February 1906, an uneducated black man--likely innocent--was convicted of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Anson Cassel Mills
I enjoyed the book but thought it was written a bit one sided. Hard to believe that it wasn't that long ago that black people were lynched without recourse or justice.Published 16 months ago by Michael J. Cohen
The U.S. Supreme Court has tried exactly one case in its more than two centuries of existence: U.S. v. Joe Shipp. Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by James D. DeWitt
Terrific read. Another context to constitutional law, state rights, federalism. Easy to read for the busy law student or attorney. Highly recommend!Published on May 15, 2011 by Arlene Joe