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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.
The author is a master story teller and the book reads like a superbly written novel.
It is a very human story of a terrible time in our nation's history and many people who sacrificed to make things better.
The Devil in the Grove is the true story of Thurgood Marshall and an amazing case he handled in Florida in the 1950's.
This was certainly a page-turner for me. The information was extremely good! I highly recommend this book. It should become required reading for residents of Florida.Published 4 days ago by LindaLindquist
I'm French jumps back and forth and could benefit from some notation explaining characters, dates, etc..very illuminating re the justice system.Published 4 days ago by Mary Godshalk
Very interesting getting a perspective from a very influential black man. But it really dragged trying to fill up a book.Published 5 days ago by James Thomas
This is an eye-opening account of a serious breach of what America is supposed to be about. Innocent young men killed and never avenged. Read morePublished 7 days ago by John F. Sullivan
Must read for anyone who cares about civil rights or the history of racism in America.Published 17 days ago by Jack
This books gives a highly readable and detailed look into the Jim Crow era in Florida, and the larger than life persona and early work of Thurgood Marshall in preparing the ground... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Veronica
Fascinating history of civil rights. Well written, and very interesting/Published 20 days ago by Judith P. Mitchell