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Download The Shooting Salvationist: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (79 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David R. Stokes Narrator: R. C. Bray Publisher: Steerforth Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Shooting Salvationist chronicles what may be the most famous story you have never heard. In the 1920's, the Reverend J. Frank Norris railed against vice and conspiracies he saw everywhere to a congregation of more than 10,000 at First Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, the largest congregation in America, the first megachurch. Norris controlled a radio station, a tabloid newspaper and a valuable tract of land in downtown Fort Worth. Constantly at odds with the oil boomtown's civic leaders, he aggressively defended his activism, observing, John the Baptist was into politics.

Following the death of William Jennings Bryan, Norris was a national figure poised to become the leading fundamentalist in America. This changed, however, in a moment of violence one sweltering Saturday in July when he shot and killed an unarmed man in his church office. Norris was indicted for murder and, if convicted, would be executed in the state of Texas' electric chair.

At a time when newspaper wire services and national retailers were unifying American popular culture as never before, Norris' murder trial was front page news from coast to coast. Set during the Jazz Age, when Prohibition was the law of the land, The Shooting Salvationist leads to a courtroom drama pitting some of the most powerful lawyers of the era against each other with the life of a wildly popular, and equally loathed, religious leader hanging in the balance.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by James | 10/17/2013

    " It was decent. Had no idea of any part of this story, so the outcome of the trial was a matter of suspense for me. Then I wound up being disappointed in the verdict, which isn't the author's fault. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amy | 5/12/2013

    " I wanted so badly to read this, but I just couldn't get through it. The structuring just wasn't done right. The book would seem to follow one person part way down the timeline, then jump backward to another, and another, so that it was hard to feel a cohesive perspective of people and events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Seth Alcorn | 4/17/2013

    " Very informative. Very helpful for those interested in fundamentalism in the early 20th century. Overall good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael Brown | 1/9/2013

    " It reminded me of the OJ trial if it was set in the 1920's... fascinating and sad part of forgotten history. "

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