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Title:
Flames after midnight : murder, vengeance, and the desolation of a Texas community
Author:
Akers, Monte, 1950-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Austin : University of Texas Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
220 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780292704862

9780292704879
Format :
Book

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Summary

What happened in Kirven, Texas, in May 1922, has been forgotten by the outside world. It was a co-worker's whispered words, Kirven is where they burned the Negroes], that set Monte Akers to work at discovering the true story behind a young white woman's brutal murder and the burning alive of three black men who were almost certainly innocent of it. This was followed by a month-long reign of terror as white men killed blacks while local authorities concealed the real identity of the white probable murderers and allowed them to go free.Writing nonfiction with the skill of a novelist, Akers paints a vivid portrait of a community desolated by race hatred and its own refusal to face hard truths. He sets this tragedy within the story of a region prospering from an oil boom but plagued by lawlessness, and traces the lynching's repercussions down the decades to the present day.What can the uncovering of yet another travesty do to improve race relations in light of the recent lynching in Jasper, Texas? In the opinion of Akers, This story is now complete, but its messages can never be. The insanity of racial hatred, or hatred of any kind, the necessity of equal protection and due process of law, the danger of mob mentality, and the unforeseen consequences of deception and cover-up all hang from this tale like fruit ripe for the picking.


Summary

What happened in Kirven, Texas, in May 1922, has been forgotten by the outside world. It was a co-worker's whispered words, Kirven is where they burned the Negroes], that set Monte Akers to work at discovering the true story behind a young white woman's brutal murder and the burning alive of three black men who were almost certainly innocent of it. This was followed by a month-long reign of terror as white men killed blacks while local authorities concealed the real identity of the white probable murderers and allowed them to go free. Writing nonfiction with the skill of a novelist, Akers paints a vivid portrait of a community desolated by race hatred and its own refusal to face hard truths. He sets this tragedy within the story of a region prospering from an oil boom but plagued by lawlessness, and traces the lynching's repercussions down the decades to the present day. What can the uncovering of yet another travesty do to improve race relations in light of the recent lynching in Jasper, Texas? In the opinion of Akers, This story is now complete, but its messages can never be. The insanity of racial hatred, or hatred of any kind, the necessity of equal protection and due process of law, the danger of mob mentality, and the unforeseen consequences of deception and cover-up all hang from this tale like fruit ripe for the picking.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Part 1 Prologue to Part One
Eula Kirven, the County, the Country, and the KingsThe Instant when Music Shatters Glass
Sheriff MayoManhunt A "Good Job" in the Early Hours of the Morning
This Cold World of Care
Terror
Part 2 Prologue to Part Two
A Visitor from Waco Confirmation Doll Rags Greater Irony
A Place in Blackest History
Burning Questions Epilogue: A Notoriety Deeply to be Regretted
Notes
Index
Acknowledgments
Part 1 Prologue to Part One
Eula Kirven, the County, the Country, and the KingsThe Instant when Music Shatters Glass
Sheriff MayoManhunt A "Good Job" in the Early Hours of the Morning
This Cold World of Care
Terror
Part 2 Prologue to Part Two
A Visitor from Waco Confirmation Doll Rags Greater Irony
A Place in Blackest History
Burning Questions Epilogue: A Notoriety Deeply to be Regretted
Notes
Index

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