Fire in A Canebrake

Fire in A Canebrake

The Last Mass Lynching in America

Book - 2004
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"July 25, 1946. In Walton County, Georgia, a mob of white men commit one of the most heinous racial crimes in America's history: the shotgun murder of four black sharecroppers -- two men and two women -- at Moore's Ford Bridge. "Fire in a Canebrake," the term locals used to describe the sound of the fatal gunshots, is the story of our nation's last mass lynching on record. More than a half century later, the lynchers' identities still remain unknown. Drawing from interviews, archival sources, and uncensored FBI reports, acclaimed journalist and author Laura Wexler takes readers deep into the heart of Walton County, bringing to life the characters who inhabited that infamous landscape -- from sheriffs to white supremacists to the victims themselves -- including a white man who claims to have been a secret witness to the crime. By turns a powerful historical document, a murder mystery, and a cautionary tale, "Fire in a Canebrake" ignites a powerful contemplation on race, humanity, history, and the epic struggle for truth."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2004, c2003.
Edition: 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780684868172
Call Number: 364.134 WEXLER
Characteristics: 271 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Lynching -- Georgia -- Walton County -- Case studies.
Mass murder -- Georgia -- Walton County -- Case studies.
African Americans -- Crimes against -- Georgia -- Walton County -- Case studies.
Walton County (Ga.) -- Race relations.


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