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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.
A must read. It held my attention because I forgot I was reading non-fiction. I cannot believe I have lived in the South for so long and never knew this story.Published 11 hours ago by Merilynn Rowan
A very emotional and educational read. What a sad time for Florida and all of America. Well done, Mr King.Published 4 days ago by C. Barber
Even someone who enjoys history can fail to fully understand what our country was like for black Americans for a very long time. This one case makes it all very clear. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Derek D Jones
A very informative book about a horrible past that still haunts us today. Well worth the read.Published 7 days ago by Jeffrey Weisman
A well written book about a little known case. This was great to read and so sad to read at the same time. Read morePublished 7 days ago by SuzanneJK
Very well written and interesting read,would highly recommend it!Published 7 days ago by Brandy Leigh