Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

Devil in the Grove Thurgood Marshall the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America Devil in the Grove winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction is a gripping true story of racism murder rape and the law It brings to light one of the most dramatic court cases in Americ

  • Title: Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
  • Author: Gilbert King
  • ISBN: 9780061792281
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Devil in the Grove, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, is a gripping true story of racism, murder, rape, and the law It brings to light one of the most dramatic court cases in American history, and offers a rare and revealing portrait of Thurgood Marshall that the world has never seen before.As Isabel Wilkerson s The Warmth of Other Suns did for the storDevil in the Grove, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, is a gripping true story of racism, murder, rape, and the law It brings to light one of the most dramatic court cases in American history, and offers a rare and revealing portrait of Thurgood Marshall that the world has never seen before.As Isabel Wilkerson s The Warmth of Other Suns did for the story of America s black migration, Gilbert King s Devil in the Grove does for this great untold story of American legal history, a dangerous and uncertain case from the days immediately before Brown v Board of Education in which the young civil rights attorney Marshall risked his life to defend a boy slated for the electric chair saving him, against all odds, from being sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit.

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    One Reply to “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America”

    1. I'm often struck, when reading a book about race in 20th-century America--Parting the Waters, say, or the amazing Warmth of Other Suns--by how many of the most horrifying, virulently racist events during the Jim Crow/Civil Rights eras took place in Florida. Growing up here in New York in the 1960s and '70s, for some reason (aka, marketing) I guess I still unconsciously associate Florida with Disneyworld, orange juice, and beaches--later: cocaine, gross nightclubs, Seinfeld's parents, stolen elec [...]

    2. I had the misfortune of living in Lake Co FL for nearly 20 years where this incident took place; I was there a couple of decades after the event, but it was still widely spoken of. Sheriff Willis McCall had god-like status in the area. Men would stand and take off their hats when he passed. The atmosphere was toxic. Well-researched book. Hard for me to read, having witnessed so much of the racism still there in the 1960's-1980's.

    3. In the late 1940s in Lake County Florida, a seventeen year old girl claimed she was raped by four black men. She lied. Her accusations resulted in the torture, death, and imprisonment of men of color who were innocent of any crime. The county sheriff, his deputy, and many of the other citizens belonged to the Ku Klux Klan, an infamous organization of domestic terrorism. They held life and death power over unfortunate prisoners in the county jail. They held influence over the courts. Judges convi [...]

    4. “Devil in the Grove,” by Gilbert King, is the 2013 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction. It is also one of the most gripping and horrifying books I’ve read in a long time. The book tells the story of the Groveland Boys – four African-American men falsely accused of raping a young Florida woman. The story is that of how the NAACP, led by Thurgood Marshall, attempts to save the lives of the accused men. Their opponents are the entrenched white establishment of Lake county, [...]

    5. Enlightening! Easily one of the best books I have read this year. It is one thing to learn about the struggle against prejudice and inequality in a textbook, and it is quite another to FEEL as though you are LIVING it. Gilbert King is able to transport his readers back to a time which should not be forgotten. This book is hard to read, but even harder to put down. King brings Thurgood Marshall to life in a way that I had never seen done before. While I knew that he had done monumental things on [...]

    6. My version of a review. What I have thought and felt and experienced. "Page 90 Gripping and horrifying, and I feel the truth."07/4"Page 200 Institutionalized racism. The murder of The Groveland Boys, as they became known, took place in Florida, the south, in the late 1940s. 07/07 "page 300"As I read I find myself questioning whether much has really changed in this country."07/08 "In the postwar decade Florida would…prove to be a state with a boundless capacity for racial inhumanity, even b [...]

    7. I'm probably in the minority, but this is a really poorly written book on a fascinating combination of topics (The Groveland Case, Civil Rights, and Thurgood Marshall). The main problem is that the author can't seem to decide which topic to focus on, even within a chapter. There are so many loose threads of information started but never completed that I feel as though I've just unraveled one of the most intricately-woven tapestries of American history just by picking up the book.Secondly, [mild [...]

    8. I am well aware that Devil in the Grove has some flaws, but honestly I could never rate another book with 5 stars if I didn't give five stars to this book. Gilbert King recounts the story of the Groveland "Boys", four black men falsely accused of rape in Florida in 1948. King backs up the story with detailed background information about the citrus industry in Florida, the Jim Crow South, the internal politics of the NAACP, the relationship of the NAACP to the FBI, Thurgood Marshall's other cases [...]

    9. Just won Pulitzer for nonfiction and much deserved. Riveting. Horrifying. Great research and insights into Thurgood Marshall during the fifties. The book bogged down a bit 3/4 of the way throughe legal issues in themselves aren't that interesting.

    10. This is a sadly typical southern case--a false rape accusation, lynching attempts, local good old boy sheriff, the city newspaper fanning the flames irresponsibly, local industry dependent on docile and obedient black workforce in the orange groves, all-white juries, local Klan chapters and victories that came in getting life sentences rather than the electric chair. In 1951, Thurgood Marshall and several other NAACP legal defense fund stars risked their lives to go to Florida and intervene, alt [...]

    11. This is a great read and a deep and deeply disturbing book. Author Gilbert King does a masterful job of highlighting a defining case in the life and career of Thurgood Marshall as well as an underappreciated episode in our national stuggle for civil and human rights. Along the way, readers are exposed to the full range of our humanity - from the unconscionably evil to the truly innocent and all gradations in between - as well as to the opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made as a soc [...]

    12. It's always amazing to me to see how the Southern states continue to believe the Civil War was never fought. This is another case of 4 black men accused of raping a white woman, although the woman herself (17 at the time) showed no signs of rape, walked into a small restaurant in the early morning and told the owner's son, very calmly, that 4 men had abducted her but she couldn't identify them and that her husband might be lying out there dead.Suffice it to say, 4 blacks, two of them Army vetera [...]

    13. To give this book anything less than four stars would be beyond me. Why do I seek these emotionally, kick my ass books out? I'm addicted to hard facts and truths, not romanticized bull, I suppose. This book was a vivid and detailed account of four Groveland black men that were falsely accused of rape by a white woman and the evil and horrors that spiraled over from these false accusations. This book made me immensely sad in a lot of parts, the horrors that mostly black men faced in the south was [...]

    14. I moved to the south in 1977. Although there was a "show" of integration, Lubbock was then, and is now, a very racially divided city. While I will admit that many things have changed, court ordered integration of schools, city council, school board, etc is not "integration." Integration is when someone's race does not matter, just their qualifications, and court orders are not required to effect it. Well, it is obvious to me that if the laws were not in place, there would be much less integratio [...]

    15. This is an important book and well worth reading. I was somewhat disappointed in this book given that it had won the Pulitzer Prize for history. It was fascinating to read about Thurgood Marshall and the Civil Rights movement before MLK. There was a lot I didn't know about.Reviews of the book suggest that it reads like a novel (think Hellhound on His Trail). This wasn't the case for me. The author often gets bogged down in descriptive tangents. Perhaps he had enough for two books and edited. But [...]

    16. Brutally honest account of a reign of terror in central Florida.Well-researched and very accessible to read - talks not just to big players but also to the lesser known heroes. Focus on the Groveland incident but also seamlessly informs on the broader events in Florida and the United States.A MUST read for all interested in American history.

    17. In 1948, a 17-year-old white woman, Norma Padgett, accused four young black men in Groveland, Florida of raping her. They were Ernest Thomas, Charles Greenlee, Samuel Shepherd and Walter Irvin. Thomas is killed trying to evade capture, but the other three are arrested and at the mercy of the ruthless and deadly Sheriff Willis McCall. The case attracts the attention of the NAACP, and the hotshot attorney leading the Legal Defense Fund, Thurgood Marshall. This book covers a lot of ground. the firs [...]

    18. “Devil in the Grove” won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction. Gilbert King did a lot of research to write the story; he goes into painstaking detail about the tactics used by Thurgood Marshall (future Supreme Court Judge) and his co-NAACP attorney Franklin Williams to chip away at the foundations of the Jim Crow Law. He documents in detail the reign of terror conducted in Lake County by the KKK and Sheriff Willis McCall who is portrayed as a ruthless brutal man. The book is about four bl [...]

    19. Reading like a great novel, Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King captures your attention by sending chills down your spine. And not just once. Case after case is presented in stark, horrifying detail, from the hair-raising attempts made on Thurgood Marshall and other NAACP lawyers to the lynchings, riots, and government corruption found throughout the south in the post-war Jim Crow years. Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, in the 70's, I heard rumors of trouble, even at my own high school. But I [...]

    20. What a horrifying, frightening, book, yet one that offers a glimmer of hope. I was of course appalled at the racism, violence, and corruption in Florida in the 1940s and early 1950s. But what few reviewers have focused on is that it illustrates how change can occur, even if slowly and painfully. Marshall spoke for his profession when he wrote: “Laws not only provide concrete benefits, they can even change the hearts of men – some men, anyhow – for good or evil.” King shows other ways att [...]

    21. I don't read many new hardcovers as they are too expensive and my library usually has waiting lists for popular new releases. But I happened to be there when this was being catalogued and the librarian told me I had to read Devil in the Grove and Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken. I read Unbroken first and it was very good, but Devil in the Grove was so heartstopping I finished it in two days. Incredible book. Easily five stars and you will come away with such a profound respect for Thurgood Marshall [...]

    22. Exhausted. That is how I felt at the conclusion of this extremely well written examination of a portion of US history that few are aware of. By no means a "light" read, or "beach" read, but definitely a "must" read. You'll be astonished at how fluidly it reads. One might be tempted to proclaim it "reads like a novel". I would have to disagree. It doesn't read like a novel, it reads like a brilliant, brilliant piece of investigative journalism.

    23. This was a timely read. I can't help relating the events in this story to the current humanitarian crisis in Ferguson, Missouri. While we have made progress in racial equality in the United States, we still have a long way to go. It is important to learn about the historical roots of racism. Prejudice runs deep in our national history.

    24. Americans like to praise themselves for their ability to recognize, and to rise above their prejudices; to eventually do the right thing by those that have been oppressed and marginalized in our society. We praise Abraham Lincoln for emancipating the slaves; we praise Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton for eventually achieving women's suffrage; we praise Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey and most especially Martin Luther King Jr. for Civil Rights advances in the 1960s; and we revere the g [...]

    25. I have to hand it to the author for bringing to light an excellent story. Devil in the Grove is the story of Thurgood Marshall's effort, as a trial attorney for the NAACP, to defend four boys wrongfully accused of rape in 1940s-50s Florida. Written with a suspenseful tone, eye-opening depictions of southern racism, and colorful portrayal of Marshall, this was a great story and deserves the attention it's given in King's account.I just had two issues with this book. One: So much time and detail i [...]

    26. This is not a biography of Thurgood Marshall. In many ways, it is a study of one case during the years after WW II and before Brown. King includes infromation about other cases, showcasing that there are names we should know besides Till.King also looks at all the players in the Groveland and in particular, the effect of Marshall upon them. In many ways, that is the most intersting part of the book.

    27. It's always good to remind oneself of what this country and its minorities have been through. Great book about the battles against rampant, systemic racism in the state of Florida. Never forget.10/10

    28. This book was very informative and there were parts that were exciting. It was also well-written on a sentence level. It's obviously an important subject and the author made it very vivid. It's hard to know how to evaluate it - enjoyment isn't exactly the right scale. Reading about lynchings and the terrible violence against African-Americans in the Jim Crow South was really hard, and I'm torn about whether the author's choices in the beginning were effective or overkill. Similarly, the book bad [...]

    29. Gilbert King did an amazing job chronicling Thurgood Marshall's involvement in the case of the Groveland Boys. In 1949, among the orange groves of rural Florida, a young, white couple stopped alongside the road, getting their car stuck in the mud. Two young, black men, on leave from the Army stop to help. Tensions rise between the man and the two young men and accusations of rape against the wife are made the next morning. It was a case known throughout the country and the stellar Thurgood Marsh [...]

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