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A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  7 reviews
On a hot summer night in 1930, three black teenagers accused of murdering a young white man and raping his girlfriend waited for justice in an Indiana jail. A mob dragged them from the jail and lynched two of them. No one in Marion, Indiana was ever punished for the murders. In this gripping account, James H. Madison refutes the popular perception that lynching was confine ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 4th 2003 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published February 1st 2001)
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Carol
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a difficult read—only because of the subject matter—and I had to take many breaks. Madison’s writing style is engaging and attention holding, but I hate to remember that traditional lynchings happened in the north too, and not that long ago.
Carol Mcgarry
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
too close to home -
Jennifer
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Most of us assume lynchings were a southern problem. This books looks at a lynching in Indiana in 1930 and how it impacted the community, even 70 years later. Not an easy read, but an important one.
Johnny
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: murica
Recommended to me by a history teacher, and by recommended I mean that I stole it off of his shelf.

This is a solid look into the 1930 lynching in Marion, which resulted in the infamous Beitler photograph used on the cover that everyone has seen. Madison does a deep dive into the history of Marion leading up to the lynching, the night of the lynching, and the effects specifically on Marion, Ind. I appreciate the limited scope, and the focus he gives to a handful of characters.

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Dale
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An important look at a terrible act

On August 7, 1930 a crowd of hundreds, possibly thousands swarmed around the Grant County Court House in Marion, Indiana with the intent to remove three black teenagers and kill them by hanging from the trees on the Court House lawn - a lynching. Two of the young men were lynched, the third was spared for reasons that no one seems to remember. The survivor claims it was a miracle that he was released and put back into the jail, and it may well have been so. Nev
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Carol
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this book because I was shocked to find out that a lynching had taken place in Marion, Indiana. I grew up in Indianapolis so it was not far. This occured back in the 1930s. This book is well researched and comes up with some surprising and horrible facts. Think everyone should read this book if nothing but the fact that it can happen in your own backyard and get pushed to think about how to have anything like this to ever happen again.
Wes Young
Dec 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in racial injustices
A fairly comprehensive view of one particular lynching. This book's one potential flaw is that it tends to read like a history of the town of Marion in the 1930s and beyond, and not an evaluation of the racial impacts, etc. Heartwrenching.
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James H. Madison is the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History Emeritus, Indiana University Bloomington. Madison serves on the boards of Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Historical Society and is a member of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. He began teaching Indiana history in 1976 and has lectured and consulted widely on Indiana topics.