People Wasn't Made to Burn

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Beschreibung

In 1947, James Hickman shot and killed the landlord he believed was responsible for a tragic fire that took the lives of four of his children on Chicagos West Side. But a vibrant defense campaign, exposing the working poverty and racism that led to his crime, helped win Hickmans freedom.With a true-crime writers eye for suspense and a historians depth of knowledge, Joe Allen unearths the compelling story of a campaign that stood up to Jim Crow well before the modern civil rights movement had even begun.As deteriorating housing conditions and an accelerating foreclosure crisis combine to form a hauntingly similar set of circumstances to those that led to the Hickman case, Allens book restores to prominence a previously unknown story with profound relevance today.

Autorentext

Joe Allen is a frequent contributor to the International Socialist Review and a long-standing social justice fighter, involved in the ongoing struggles for labor, abolition of the death penalty, and against the Iraq war.



Klappentext

This story of a grief-stricken man's murder of a landlord is "nothing less than a reinvention of the true crime genre" (The Nation). In 1947, James Hickman shot and killed the landlord he believed was responsible for a tragic fire that took the lives of four of his children on Chicago's West Side. But a vibrant defense campaign, exposing the working poverty and racism that led to his crime, helped win Hickman's freedom. With a true-crime writer's eye for suspense and a historian's depth of knowledge, Joe Allen unearths the compelling story of a campaign that stood up to Jim Crow well before the modern civil rights movement had even begun. Those who witnessed the Great Recession's deteriorating housing conditions and accelerating foreclosure crisis will discover a hauntingly similar set of circumstances contributing to the Hickman case-giving this little-remembered story profound relevance in today's political atmosphere and the tension surrounding rampant wealth and racial inequality. "[A] remarkable book . . . a horrific portrait of the inhumane conditions in which blacks were forced to live in post-WWII Chicago." -Chicago Tribune



Inhalt

Introduction

1.) The Fire
2.) The Writer and the Sharecropper
3.) The Revolutionary
4.) "This can happen to you."
5.) The Lawyer
6.) "God is my secret judge"
7.) "Free James Hickman"
8.) Holocaust on Ohio Street
9.) "This man has paid enough"
10.) "A chain of personal memories"

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Produktinformationen

Titel
People Wasn't Made to Burn
Untertitel
A True Story of Housing, Race, and Murder in Chicago
Autor
EAN
9781608461325
ISBN
978-1-60846-132-5
Format
E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber
Haymarket Books
Genre
Geschichte
Veröffentlichung
13.02.2020
Digitaler Kopierschutz
Wasserzeichen
Dateigrösse
2.1 MB
Anzahl Seiten
328
Jahr
2011
Untertitel
Englisch
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