Unsolved Civil Rights Murder Cases, 1934–1970

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About the Book

The Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007 called for review and reinvestigation of “violations of criminal civil rights statutes that occurred not later than December 31, 1969, and resulted in a death.” The U.S. Attorney General’s review observed that date, while examining cases from 1936 (a date not specified in the Till Act) onward. In selecting violations for review, certain “headline” cases were included while others meeting the same criteria were not considered. This first full-length survey of American civil rights “cold cases” examines unsolved racially motivated murders over nearly four decades, beginning in 1934. The author covers all cases reviewed by the federal government to date, as well as a larger number of cases that were ignored without official explanation.

About the Author(s)

Michael Newton is an award-winning author of numerous books on topics ranging from cryptozoology to civil rights and organized crime. He lives in Indiana.

Bibliographic Details

Michael Newton
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 312
Bibliographic Info: 89 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9895-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2362-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  ix
Preface  1
Introduction  3
Part 1: Official Civil Rights “Cold Cases”  7
Part 2: “The Forgotten”  97
Notes  261
Bibliography  275
Index  289

Book Reviews & Awards

“the narratives are fascinating…a significant compilation”—ARBA.