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Laurence Leamer

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Laurence Leamer is an award winning journalist and historian who has written fifteen books including five New York Times bestsellers. He has worked in a factory in France, a coal mine in West Virginia and as a Peace Corps volunteer in a remote village in Nepal two days from a road. He has written one novel and an off Broadway play but is primarily known for his nonfiction. His new book, The Lynching, The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan has brought critical attention to the 1981 murder of Michael Donald in Mobile, Alabama;the interwoven lives of Governor George Wallace, Klan leader Robert Shelton and cvil rights lawyer Morris Dees; and the lawsuit that brought the United Klans of America to its knees.

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Laurence Leamer I don't know if it's a mystery, but when I was in Nepal in the Peace Corps, the director thought I had died when I was taking a trek across half the…moreI don't know if it's a mystery, but when I was in Nepal in the Peace Corps, the director thought I had died when I was taking a trek across half the country. It was an amazing experience. For much of the 500 miles, I had intestinal worms which made life interesting.(less)
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Bruce Stanley's got an enormous chip on his shoulder that nothing can knock off. He's enraged that the legal and political system is his native state of West Virginia is so corrupt that the bad and the compromised often float to the top of the system while the true and the caring are just as often endlessly stymied. For the past 15 years, Stanley and his fellow Pittsburgh co-counsel Dave Fawcet... Read more of this blog post »
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“There had not been a lynching in America in a quarter century, and no one standing looking at the body had ever seen such a crime, but they had heard about it from family members and read about it in social science books in school. And they believed they knew what had occurred. White men had lynched a black man, and they had done it to send a message of intimidation and terror. This was something they thought would never happy again, and many of the black onlookers wept, others fell to the ground beating their fists against the earth.”
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“As the two young men prowled through the black neighborhood, they were not looking for any black man in particular. Their victim could be young, old, fat, skinny, weak, strong. They didn't care. They weren't afraid. They had a gun. All that mattered was that he was the right color.”
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“She told Figures that yes, the civil lawsuit against the Klan could be filed in her name. But she was still suspicious. She had learned long ago that the bigger a promise the less likely it would ever happen, and in her expertise that was doubly true when white men made the promise.”
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