One Righteous Man - Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York-logo

One Righteous Man - Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York

Arthur Browne

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A history of African Americans in New York City from the 1910s to 1960, told through the life of Samuel Battle, the New York Police Department's first black officer. When Samuel Battle broke the color line as New York City's first African American cop in the second decade of the twentieth century, he had to fear his racist colleagues as much as criminals. He had to be three times better than his white peers, and many times more resilient. His life was threatened. He was displayed like a circus animal. Yet, fearlessly claiming his rights, he prevailed in a four-decade odyssey that is both the story of one man's courageous dedication to racial progress and a harbinger of the divisions between police and the people they serve that plague twenty-first-century America. By dint of brains, brawn, and an outsized personality, Battle rode the forward wave of African American history in New York. He circulated among renowned turn-of-the-century entertainers and writers. He weathered threatening hostility as a founding citizen of black Harlem. He served as "godfather" to the regiment of black soldiers that won glory in World War I as the "Hellfighters of Harlem." He befriended sports stars like Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, and Sugar Ray Robinson, and he bonded with legendary tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Along the way, he mentored an equally smart, equally tough young man in a still more brutal fight to integrate the New York Fire Department. At the close of his career, Battle looked back proudly on the against-all-odd journey taken by a man who came of age as the son of former slaves in the South. He had navigated the corruption of Tammany Hall, the treachery of gangsters like Lucky Luciano and Dutch Schultz, the anything-goes era of Prohibition, the devastation of the Depression, and the race riots that erupted in Harlem in the 1930s and 1940s. By then he was a trusted aide to Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and a friend to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Realizing that his story was the story of race in New York across

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dominic Hoffman

Length:

13h 3m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:27


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:15


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:20


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:31


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:54


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:44


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:36


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:35


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:52


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:01


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:23


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:16


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:22


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:46


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:20


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:28


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:00


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:04


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:44


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:14


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:40


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:08


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:18


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:15


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:40


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:51


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:09


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:46


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:55


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:02


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:07


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:40


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:23


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:22


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:25


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:18


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:26


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:27


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:06


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:11


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:22


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:04


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:22


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:57


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:14


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:58


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:15


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:16


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:48


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:49


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:41


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:18


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:36


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:21


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:09


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:47


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:19


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:10


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:28


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:15


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:02


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:32


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:15


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:03


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:08


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

09:02


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:37


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:17


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:00


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:49


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:32


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:24


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:44


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:54


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:00


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:35


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:47


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:38


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:50


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:39


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:37


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:54


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:24


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:10


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:48


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:47


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:42


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:44


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

09:37


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:02


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:55


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:59


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:35


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:48


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:01


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:27


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:11


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:42


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:54


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:17


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:02


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:57


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:58


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:49


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

07:32


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

02:41


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:44


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:44


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:28


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

00:37