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Deep Delta Justice: A Black Teen, His Lawyer, and Their Groundbreaking Battle for Civil Rights in the South

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  14 reviews
The "arresting, astonishing history" of one lawyer and his defendant who together achieved a "civil rights milestone" (Justin Driver).

In 1966 in a small town in Louisiana, a 19-year-old black man named Gary Duncan pulled his car off the road to stop a fight. Duncan was arrested a few minutes later for the crime of putting his hand on the arm of a white child. Rather than
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 19th 2020)
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May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An intervention on the side of the road turned into a junky, Jim Crow misdemeanor - unjust but less egrigious than hundreds of others that year all over the south and the nation. That case...changed American law.

in 1966, in Plaquemain, Louisiana, Gary Duncan, a 19-year-old black man spotted his young cousins in what looked to be a confrontation with three white boys. In his attempt to stop a possible fight, he touched one of the white teens. He had no idea that this encounter would have such a p
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Educational and exciting. Please don't expect the court case itself to act as the only draw.

Deep Delta Justice is really more about preserving the lives and mentality of the Midwest '60s. Somehow doing so without casting fingers (except at the obvious one, whew!). Modern updates are sometimes only noted as an afterthought. Interviews with the people involved bring life to details the court record leaves out.

Van Meter's approach lets the actions of people and the headlines that remain speak for
Sarah Prendergast (lifeandbookswithme)
Gary Duncan stops when he sees four white boys picking on his younger relative and a friend on the side of the highway in Plaquemines parish. Knowing that racial tensions have been running high, he decides to pull over and make sure that everything is okay. When he learns that the four boys have been bothering his family member, he gently touches one of them on the elbow and asks them to leave them alone. The boy runs home and tells his family that Gary assaulted him. Gary is soon thrown into a ...more
I thought I’d be more pulled into this book as someone who loves reading about 1960s history. I feel the importance of Duncan v. Louisiana was not the main focus here and the book meanders between the central case and civil rights history on a national scale more generally. The case Sobel was arguing is basically that: the civil rights aspect is telling of the charge against Duncan and is important to the case (it wasn’t just a charge of “simple battery”). But it just didn’t “hit” the way I thou ...more
Ava Butzu
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In 1966 in the small town of Plaquemines Parish, LA, on the bone-straight main road of Highway 23, two school-age black boys were walking home from their already fraught day at their recently desegregated school when they were waylaid by four white boys who were jonesing for a fight. Just as the encounter was heating up, 19-year-old Gary Duncan, cousin of one of the black boys, was driving down the road and spied the impending melee. Sensing trouble, he intervened and de-escalated the encounter. ...more
Tyler Bosma
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting! Glad to learn about this family, and this case, which went to the Supreme Court. Kind of like Just Mercy, but with a bit broader context setting, both about legal issues and about what was up in Louisiana at that time. There was also more focus on the lawyers working for civil rights at that time, too, which was interesting, but took some focus from the most affected parties (though Soble was targeted for retaliation, too). The examples of different voting tests and other ways Perez ...more
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is the story of civil rights in the parish of Plaquemines in Louisiana under the
control Leander Perez Sr. and his family during the late 60's and how to court cases
Duncan vs Louisiana and Sobol vs Perez, help bring a end to it.
If anyone is interested this book got a good review in The Washington Post.
I won this book and the Bone Thiefs on Goodreads.
Jun 24, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ ~30%

This book was just much more legal heavy than I anticipated. For readers who are interested in the legal side of the Civil Rights battle in the South, this will likely be a fantastic read for you.

Thank you to Libro.FM for providing me with a review copy of this audiobook. This does not, in any way, impact my opinions of the book.
Michael Asen
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A story that should be read. These are the better angels you hear about. Hard to believe that this is our country but unfortunately Louisiana still leaves with lots of these issues concerning racial injustice. Sidenote here is that the people that tried to destroy the life of Gary Duncan and Richard Sobel are still at it. The names change but not the attitudes. Important read
I didn’t finish so I don’t get to give it stars. There is nothing wrong with this book. It’s a good (and important) story that is well told. I did it in audio and the reader was excellent. It’s just not what I was in the mood for right now so I abandoned it about half way through.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
For those readers who enjoy history and may have lived through the civil rights era, this is a good book.
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 28, 2020 marked it as to-be-read-books-i-own
Happy pub day! Deep Delta Justice is now available for purchase ~ 7/28/20. Thank you to the publisher for my finished review copy!
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