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From the bestselling author of Hiroshima, a searing account of police brutality, white racism, and black rage in 1960s Detroit.On the evening of July 25, 1967, on the third night of the 12th Street Riot, Detroit police raided the Algiers Motel. Acting on a report of gunfire, officers rounded up the occupants of the motel's annex—several black men and two white women—and proceeded to beat them and repeatedly threaten to kill them. By the end of the night, three of the men were dead. Three police officers and a private security guard were tried for their deaths; none were convicted. In The Algiers Motel Incident, first published in 1968, Pulitzer Prize–winning author John Hersey strings together interviews, police reports, court testimony, and news stories to recount the terrible events of that night. The result is chaotic and sometimes confusing; facts remain elusive. But, Hersey concludes, the truth is clear: three young black men were murdered "for being, all in all, black young men and part of the black rage of the time."With a new foreword by award-winning author Danielle L. McGuire, The Algiers Motel Incident is a powerful indictment of racism and the US justice system.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title, Title, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. Danielle L. McGuire
  3. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. Introduction: John Hersey and the Tragedy of Race
  2. Thomas J. Sugrue
  3. pp. xix-xxxii
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  1. I. the Odor of a Case, July 26–31
  1. 1. Do You Hate the Police?
  2. pp. 5-30
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  1. 2. A Dangerous Account
  2. pp. 31-38
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  1. 3. Too Hot to Handle
  2. pp. 39-62
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  1. II. Three Cops and Three Days, July 23–5
  1. 4. The First Day
  2. pp. 63-83
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  1. 5. Snake
  2. pp. 84-110
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  1. 6. The Second Day
  2. pp. 111-122
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  1. 7. An Out-of-Doors Man
  2. pp. 123-129
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  1. 8. The Third Day
  2. pp. 130-144
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  1. 9. "Quiet and Respectable"
  2. pp. 145-158
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  1. 10. An Alarm of Snipers
  2. pp. 159-166
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  1. III. Auburey and His Circle
  1. 11. The Fork in the Road
  2. pp. 167-206
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  1. IV. Confession, July 31
  1. 12. Could You Get My Statement Back?
  2. pp. 207-218
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  1. V. The Algiers Motel Incident, July 25–6
  1. 13. The Snipers
  2. pp. 219-228
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  1. 14. A Game of Chess
  2. pp. 229-232
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  1. 15. Man, They’re Going to Shoot
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  1. 16. How to Attack a Building
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  1. 17. Everybody Downstairs!
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  1. 18. Phone Calls
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  1. 19. Enter and Exit: State Police
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  1. 20. Conduct Becoming an Officer
  2. pp. 253-254
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  1. 21. Up and Down the Line
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  1. 22. Just in Time to Pray
  2. pp. 259-260
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  1. 23. Enter Warrant Officer Thomas
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  1. 24. Interrogations
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  1. 25. The Knife Game
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  1. 26. Skin Show
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  1. 27. The Death Game
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  1. 28. The Death Game Played Out
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  1. 29. Out
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  1. VI. Aftermath, July 31 and After
  1. 30. A Matter for Investigation
  2. pp. 285-302
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  1. 31. First Man in Court
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  1. 32. Logical to Be Nervous
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  1. 33. Senak’s Peninsula
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  1. 34. These Are Not Little Boys
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  1. 35. The Law Was Made by People
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  1. 36. Law and Order for All?
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  1. 37. Under Indictment
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  1. 38. A Mother Speaks
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  1. 39. The Net Is Thrown Again
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  1. 40. Snipers: The Myth
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  1. 41. Fuel for the Fire Next Time
  2. pp. 344-352
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  1. 42. Harassment?
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  1. 43. The Paille Appeal
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  1. 44. A Numbness
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  1. 45. Conspiracy?
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  1. 46. Padlocking
  2. pp. 368-372
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  1. 47. A Cutting
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  1. 48. A Winter of Waiting
  2. pp. 379-380
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  1. 49. Three Men at Work
  2. pp. 381-385
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  1. 50. The Legal Maze
  2. pp. 386-391
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  1. 51. Last Words
  2. pp. 392-394
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  1. 52. What Is Wrong with the Country?
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421432984
Related ISBN(s)
9781421432977
MARC Record
OCLC
1107305692
Pages
432
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-10
Language
English
Open Access
No
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