King 2012 Devil

Title Information

Author: Gilbert King

Title: Devil in the Grove

Subtitle: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: HarperCollins

Year: 2012

Pages: 448pp.

ISBN-10: 0061792284 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

ISBN-13: 9780061792281 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780061792267 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | U.S. History | Cases: Offenders / Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd, Ernest Thomas; Prosecution: False Confessions, Wrong Convictions; Types: Interracial Rape

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  Prologue (p. 1)
  | 1 | Mink Slide (p. 7)
  2 Sugar Hill (p. 21)
  3 Get to Pushin' (p. 33)
  4 Nigger in a Pit (p. 40)
  5 Trouble Fixin' to Start (p. 58)
  6 A Little Bolita (p. 72)
  7 Wipe This Place Clean (p. 84)
  8 A Christmas Card (p. 100)
  9 Don't Shoot, White Man (p. 113)
  10 Quite a Hose Wielder (p. 124)
  11 Bad Egg (p. 150)
  12 Atom Smasher (p. 178)
  13 In Any Fight Some Fall (p. 193)
  14 This is a Rape Case (p. 210)
  15 You Have Pissed in my Whiskey (p. 219)
  16 It's a Funny Thing (p. 240)
  17 No Man Alive or to Be Born (p. 258)
  18 All Over the Place, Like Rats (p. 273)
  19 Private Parts (p. 283)
  20 A Genius Here Before Us (p. 303)
  21 The Colored Way (p. 321)
  22 A Place in the Sun (p. 331)
  Epilogue (p. 353)
  Acknowledgments (p. 363)
  A Note on Sources (p. 366)
  Notes (p. 368)
  Selected Bibliography (p. 413)
  Index (p. 417)


»Devil in the Grove, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, is a gripping true story of racism, murder, rape, and the law. It brings to light one of the most dramatic court cases in American history, and offers a rare and revealing portrait of Thurgood Marshall that the world has never seen before.
As Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns did for the story of America’s black migration, Gilbert King’s Devil in the Grove does for this great untold story of American legal history, a dangerous and uncertain case from the days immediately before Brown v. Board of Education in which the young civil rights attorney Marshall risked his life to defend a boy slated for the electric chair—saving him, against all odds, from being sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit.« (Source: HarperCollins)


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Wikipedia: Devil in the Grove; Groveland Case; Groveland Four: Walter Irvin; Thurgood Marshall

Added: November 8, 2014 – Last updated: November 8, 2014