The Lynching - The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan-logo

The Lynching - The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan

Laurence Leamer

The New York Times bestselling author of The Kennedy Women chronicles the powerful and spellbinding true story of a brutal race-based killing in 1981 and subsequent trials that undid one of the most pernicious organizations in American history-the Ku Klux Klan. On a Friday night in March 1981 Henry Hays and James Knowles scoured the streets of Mobile in their car, hunting for a black man. The young men were members of Klavern 900 of the United Klans of America. They were seeking to retaliate after a largely black jury could not reach a verdict in a trial involving a black man accused of the murder of a white man. The two Klansmen found nineteen-year-old Michael Donald walking home alone. Hays and Knowles abducted him, beat him, cut his throat, and left his body hanging from a tree branch in a racially mixed residential neighborhood. Arrested, charged, and convicted, Hays was sentenced to death-the first time in more than half a century that the state of Alabama sentenced a white man to death for killing a black man. On behalf of Michael's grieving mother, Morris Dees, the legendary civil rights lawyer and cofounder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, filed a civil suit against the members of the local Klan unit involved and the UKA, the largest Klan organization. Charging them with conspiracy, Dees put the Klan on trial, resulting in a verdict that would level a deadly blow to its organization. Based on numerous interviews and extensive archival research, The Lynching brings to life two dramatic trials, during which the Alabama Klan's motives and philosophy were exposed for the evil they represent. In addition to telling a gripping and consequential story, Laurence Leamer chronicles the KKK and its activities in the second half the twentieth century, and illuminates its lingering effect on race relations in America today. The Lynching includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs.

The New York Times bestselling author of The Kennedy Women chronicles the powerful and spellbinding true story of a brutal race-based killing in 1981 and subsequent trials that undid one of the most pernicious organizations in American history-the Ku Klux Klan. On a Friday night in March 1981 Henry Hays and James Knowles scoured the streets of Mobile in their car, hunting for a black man. The young men were members of Klavern 900 of the United Klans of America. They were seeking to retaliate after a largely black jury could not reach a verdict in a trial involving a black man accused of the murder of a white man. The two Klansmen found nineteen-year-old Michael Donald walking home alone. Hays and Knowles abducted him, beat him, cut his throat, and left his body hanging from a tree branch in a racially mixed residential neighborhood. Arrested, charged, and convicted, Hays was sentenced to death-the first time in more than half a century that the state of Alabama sentenced a white man to death for killing a black man. On behalf of Michael's grieving mother, Morris Dees, the legendary civil rights lawyer and cofounder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, filed a civil suit against the members of the local Klan unit involved and the UKA, the largest Klan organization. Charging them with conspiracy, Dees put the Klan on trial, resulting in a verdict that would level a deadly blow to its organization. Based on numerous interviews and extensive archival research, The Lynching brings to life two dramatic trials, during which the Alabama Klan's motives and philosophy were exposed for the evil they represent. In addition to telling a gripping and consequential story, Laurence Leamer chronicles the KKK and its activities in the second half the twentieth century, and illuminates its lingering effect on race relations in America today. The Lynching includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs.
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Kennedy Women chronicles the powerful and spellbinding true story of a brutal race-based killing in 1981 and subsequent trials that undid one of the most pernicious organizations in American history-the Ku Klux Klan. On a Friday night in March 1981 Henry Hays and James Knowles scoured the streets of Mobile in their car, hunting for a black man. The young men were members of Klavern 900 of the United Klans of America. They were seeking to retaliate after a largely black jury could not reach a verdict in a trial involving a black man accused of the murder of a white man. The two Klansmen found nineteen-year-old Michael Donald walking home alone. Hays and Knowles abducted him, beat him, cut his throat, and left his body hanging from a tree branch in a racially mixed residential neighborhood. Arrested, charged, and convicted, Hays was sentenced to death-the first time in more than half a century that the state of Alabama sentenced a white man to death for killing a black man. On behalf of Michael's grieving mother, Morris Dees, the legendary civil rights lawyer and cofounder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, filed a civil suit against the members of the local Klan unit involved and the UKA, the largest Klan organization. Charging them with conspiracy, Dees put the Klan on trial, resulting in a verdict that would level a deadly blow to its organization. Based on numerous interviews and extensive archival research, The Lynching brings to life two dramatic trials, during which the Alabama Klan's motives and philosophy were exposed for the evil they represent. In addition to telling a gripping and consequential story, Laurence Leamer chronicles the KKK and its activities in the second half the twentieth century, and illuminates its lingering effect on race relations in America today. The Lynching includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Malcolm Hillgartner

Length:

10h 20m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

14:18


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

14:18


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:16


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:33


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

15:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:33


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:19


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

10:07


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

11:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:54


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

11:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:45


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:25


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

14:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:08


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

14:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

11:58


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

10:05


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

15:26


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

16:52


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

13:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:26


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:07


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:49


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

13:00


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:21


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

17:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:58


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:15


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:59


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:26


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:06


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:19


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:12


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

10:19


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:37


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

09:50


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

17:26


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:47


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

12:54


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:48


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

11:46


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

12:07


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:00


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

09:52


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

13:43


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:44


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

14:08


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

09:29


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:22


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

00:33