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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (891 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin Boyle Narrator: Lizan Mitchell Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The grandson of a slave, Dr. Ossian Sweet moved his family to an all-white Detroit neighborhood in 1925. When his neighbors attempted to drive him out, Sweet defended himself, resulting in the death of a white man and a murder trial for Sweet. There followed one of the most important (and shockingly unknown) cases in Civil Rights history. Also caught up in the intense courtroom drama were legal giant Clarence Darrow and the newly formed National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Highly esteemed history professor, author and editor Kevin Boyle was presented with the National Book Award for this stunning literary achievement. Arc of Justice artfully captures a tumultuous period in American history as it tells a shocking story of violence and racial strife.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shaunna | 2/8/2014

    " Everyone who has lived in Michigan should read this book. Boyle does a great job providing lots of details in an interesting way. Highly recommend audio too! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Rachel Kristine | 2/4/2014

    " To me, the book started out very intense in the firs chapter. Then it went to history. I understood one chapter of history but three chapters later, all I'd read since that first chapter had been history and I was sick of it. I wanted to get back to the plot with Ossian. Finally, in chapter six, they added onto what we'd learned in the first chapter. But then, they went back to history. And this time, it was the history of the people that were the lawyers or judges of the trial that was going to be taking place. I found those chapters incredibly boring. Chapter nine though, I finally began to get into the book. The last two chapters were very nice and interesting to read. However, if this had not been a book I had to read for school, I would never have read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Denise | 2/3/2014

    " Would like to give this a 3 based on the overall book, a 4 based on the epilog. Amazing, well-written, true story of Ossian (pronounced ocean) Sweet's life, racism in the 1920's in Detroit, civil rights, murder, KKK, and more. Once again, truth is stranger than fiction. We would never believe the paths the "characters" lives took in the story and would think an author was being far-fetched in the story if it wasn't true. A bit challenging to read, but worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joanne | 1/26/2014

    " If you thought the struggle for civil rights started with Rosa Parks, you need to read this book. It is the Great Michigan Read selection, chosen by the Michigan Humanities Council. Highly readable, describes Detroit history I never knew. And explains why the fight is not over. "

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