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Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence, and the Last Lynching in America
by B.J. Hollars (Goodreads Author)
Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence, and the Last Lynching in America recounts the story of three innocent victims, all of whom suffered violent deaths through no fault of their own: Vaudine Maddox in 1933 in Tuscaloosa, Sergeant Gene Ballard in 1979 in Birmingham, and Michael Donald in 1981 in Mobile.
The death of Vaudine Maddox--and the lynchings that followed--serves as a
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by University Alabama Press
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An honest and accessible look at a part of Alabama History that is sometimes inaccessible. This book is an easy read, something I consider a great accomplishment considering the research that went into it and the information that it covers. I appreciate Hollars' handling of this sensitive topic, and highly recommend this book to Tuscaloosa newcomers, readers who want to know more about the history of lynching in 20th century Alabama, and anyone who wants to know more about the recent history of ...more
Calling Hollars's book "New Journalism" is both accurate and off-base--readers who expect a personal chronicle of Hollars investigating the death of Michael Donald will not find it here. What is here, though, is a moving account of murder in Alabama, connecting a young man's death in 1981 to other deaths in other decades. Hollars pulls together not simply the story itself but also its connections, writing a narrative that humanizes its characters beyond the names in a newspaper article or police ...more
B.J. Hollars is the author of two books of nonfiction, Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America—the 2012 recipient of the Society of Midland Author’s Award—and Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Tuscaloosa forthcoming from the University of Alabama Press. His short story collection, Sightings, is forthcoming from Break Away Bo ...moreMore about B.J. Hollars...