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Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.
Arguably the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in a case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life.
In 1949, Florida's orange industry was booming, and citrus barons got rich on the backs of cheap Jim Crow labor with the help of Sheriff Willis V. McCall, who ruled Lake County with murderous resolve. When a white seventeen-year-old girl cried rape, McCall pursued four young blacks who dared envision a future for themselves beyond the groves. The Ku Klux Klan joined the hunt, hell-bent on lynching the men who came to be known as "the Groveland Boys."
Associates thought it was suicidal for Marshall to wade into the "Florida Terror," but the young lawyer would not shrink from the fight despite continuous death threats against him.
Drawing on a wealth of never-before-published material, including the FBI's unredacted Groveland case files, as well as unprecedented access to the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund files, Gilbert King shines new light on this remarkable civil rights crusader.
With the recent protests, this story shows how little we have changed as a society. it's amazing that Thurgood Marshal devoted his life to change and equality and made great... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
It is a well written account of a sad piece of Florida history. We had a great Supreme Court Justice in Thurgood Marshall and the country has benefited from his wisdom and... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Dale
A remarkable story! Not so long ago in America law enforcement was effectively the militant arm of racial hate groups, most notably the KKK. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Bobby Phisher
I feel ashamed at what people in this country have been and are still capable of doing to one another. I'm also kind of shocked that I never heard about this growing up. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Brianne
This is an important book that, unfortunately, is still relevant. We all know about the shameful racial history of the south, and this book tells the story of the Groveland boys,... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Jennifer A.
I grew up in the northern states of we still call the United States, although lately it seems more and more people born and raised in some other, non-northern areas of this nation... Read morePublished 15 days ago by D. Lindstrom
Devil in the Grove is a must read for anyone with the slightest interest in justice. It's brilliantly written and completely captivating despite the violent and heinous crimes that... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Katie Cavanagh