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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

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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