PHONE: (313) 593-5518
DATE: Feb. 18, 2005
Author and scholar Kevin Boyle to lecture on Detroit history at UM-Dearborn on March 8
DEARBORN---Kevin Boyle, who won the 2004 National Book Award for Arc
of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age,
will give a free, public lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in Room 1030,
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Boyle's book is a study of the events and social context surrounding
the trial of an African-American medical doctor, Ossian Sweet, in Detroit
in 1925. Sweet's home was besieged by a mob after his family moved into
an all-white neighborhood on the east side of the city. After shots were
fired from the house, killing a member of the mob, Sweet and other members
of his family were charged with murder. They were successfully defended
by Clarence Darrow, America's most famous criminal defense lawyer at the
time, in a trial presided over by Frank Murphy, who later became a justice
of the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Boyle, a history professor, brings immediacy and drama to the social
and economic factors that ignited racial violence, provoked the compelling
court case, and set in motion the civil rights struggle," according
to a review in Booklist.
Boyle, who grew up in Detroit not far from the neighborhood where the
Sweets lived, is an associate professor of history at the Ohio State University.
His other books include The UAW and the Heyday of American Liberalism,
1945-1968 and Muddy Boots and Ragged Aprons: Images of Working-Class Detroit,
1900-1930, which he wrote with Victoria Getis.
His talk at UM-Dearborn is sponsored by the campus's programs in American
Studies and African and African-American Studies Program. For more information,
please contact Prof. Lars Bjorn at (313) 593-5174.
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