Devil in the Grove

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

By Gilbert King
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061792267, 434pp.)

Publication Date: February 2013

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A gripping true story of racism, murder, rape, and the law, Devil in the Grove 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 Wilkersons The Warmth of Other Suns did for the story of Americas black migration, Gilbert Kings 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 chairsaving him, against all odds, from being sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit.

About the Author
Gilbert King has written about U.S. Supreme Court history for the "New York Times" and the "Washington Post", and is a featured contributor to "Smithsonian" magazine's history blog, "Past Imperfect". He is the author of "The Execution of Willie Francis: Race, Murder, and the Search for Justice in the American South". He lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters.
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