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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 c…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)
Laurence Leamer I've written three books about the Kennedys, everything but The Kennedy Dogs. And I'm moving on. But, say, the dogs might work? …moreI've written three books about the Kennedys, everything but The Kennedy Dogs. And I'm moving on. But, say, the dogs might work? (less)
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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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“If jurors were looking for a way to come back finding for the UKA, Mays had given it to them. Senator Michael Figures made the plaintiff’s final arguments. He had been there on Herndon Street the morning of the lynching, and he had seen Donald’s body hanging from a tree. He had been”
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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.”
Laurence Leamer, The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan

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