Philip Dray

Philip Dray



Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award.

Lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Average rating: 4.21 · 1,478 ratings · 227 reviews · 9 distinct worksSimilar authors
At the Hands of Persons Unk...

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There Is Power in a Union: ...

4.18 avg rating — 448 ratings — published 2010 — 5 editions
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Capitol Men: The Epic Story...

4.07 avg rating — 202 ratings — published 2008 — 6 editions
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Stealing God's Thunder: Ben...

3.69 avg rating — 147 ratings — published 2005 — 10 editions
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Yours for Justice, Ida B. W...

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The Fair Chase: The Epic St...

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We Are Not Afraid: The Stor...

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Between Earth and Sky: How ...

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“Is it possible for white America to really understand blacks’ distrust of the legal system, their fears of racial profiling and the police, without understanding how cheap a black life was for so long a time in our nation’s history?”
Philip Dray, At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America

“I tried to balance the sufferings of the miserable victim against the moral degradation of Memphis, and the truth flashed over me that in large measure the race question involves the saving of black America’s body and white America’s soul.”
Philip Dray, At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America

“The torture of the victim lasted almost half an hour. It began when a man stepped forward and very matter-of-factly sliced off Hose’s ears. Then several men grabbed Hose’s arms and held them forward so his fingers could be severed one by one and shown to the crowd. Finally, a blade was passed between his thighs, Hose cried in agony, and a moment later his genitals were held aloft.”
Philip Dray, At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America

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