Murder on Shades Mountain: The Legal Lynching of Willie Peterson and the Struggle for Justice in Jim Crow Birmingham

Murder on Shades Mountain: The Legal Lynching of Willie Peterson and the Struggle for Justice in Jim Crow Birmingham

Melanie S. Morrison / Dec 15, 2019

Murder on Shades Mountain The Legal Lynching of Willie Peterson and the Struggle for Justice in Jim Crow Birmingham One August night in on a secluded mountain ridge overlooking Birmingham Alabama three young white women were brutally attacked The sole survivor Nell Williams said a black man had held t

  • Title: Murder on Shades Mountain: The Legal Lynching of Willie Peterson and the Struggle for Justice in Jim Crow Birmingham
  • Author: Melanie S. Morrison
  • ISBN: 9780822371175
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One August night in 1931, on a secluded mountain ridge overlooking Birmingham, Alabama, three young white women were brutally attacked The sole survivor, Nell Williams, 18, said a black man had held the women captive for four hours before shooting them and disappearing into the woods That same night, a reign of terror was unleashed on Birmingham s black community blackOne August night in 1931, on a secluded mountain ridge overlooking Birmingham, Alabama, three young white women were brutally attacked The sole survivor, Nell Williams, 18, said a black man had held the women captive for four hours before shooting them and disappearing into the woods That same night, a reign of terror was unleashed on Birmingham s black community black businesses were set ablaze, posses of armed white men roamed the streets, and dozens of black men were arrested in the largest manhunt in Jefferson County history Weeks later, Nell identified Willie Peterson as the attacker who killed her sister Augusta and their friend Jenny Wood With the exception of being black, Peterson bore little resemblance to the description Nell gave the police An all white jury convicted Peterson of murder and sentenced him to death In Murder on Shades Mountain, Melanie S Morrison tells the gripping and tragic story of the attack and its aftermath events that shook Birmingham to its core Having first heard the story from her father who dated Nell s youngest sister when he was a teenager Morrison scoured the historical archives and documented the black led campaigns that sought to overturn Peterson s unjust conviction, spearheaded by the NAACP and the Communist Party The travesty of justice suffered by Peterson reveals how the judicial system could function as a lynch mob in the Jim Crow South Murder on Shades Mountain also sheds new light on the struggle for justice in Depression era Birmingham This riveting narrative is a testament to the courageous predecessors of present day movements that demand an end to racial profiling, police brutality, and the criminalization of black men.

    Murder on Shades Mountain The Legal Lynching of Willie In her new book, Murder on Shades Mountain, Melanie S Morrison carefully and vividly tells the story of Willie Peterson, a sickly and frail African American, who was accused and charged with the death of two young white women and the assault of a third white woman in Murder on Shades Mountain The Legal Lynching of Willie Apr , Murder on Shades Mountain is an essential book for understanding the in just system for African American and the collusion of white people with the social and legal system. Duke University Press Murder on Shades Mountain Murder on Shades Mountain is a reminder that the civil rights movement was not born in the s and that its work is far from complete Real Deal Murder on Shades Mountain is an outstanding case study that should find an audience among laypersons and among students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Review of Murder on Shades Mountain Feb , Murder on Shades Mountain Melanie S Morrison s gripping, revealing, and tragic Murder on Shades Mountain returns to and the Jim Crow South to cover the trial of Willie Peterson, blamed for the murders of Augusta Williams and her friend, Jennie Wood. Murder on Shades Mountain The Legal Lynching of Willie In Murder on Shades Mountain Melanie S Morrison tells the gripping and tragic story of the attack and its aftermath events that shook Birmingham to its core Having first heard the story from her father who dated Nell s youngest sister when he was a teenager Morrison scoured the historical archives and documented the black led campaigns that sought to overturn Peterson s unjust conviction, Murder on Shades Mountain Radical Discipleship May , Murder on Shades Mountain By Joyce Hollyday Last Thursday in Montgomery, Alabama, the Equal Justice Initiative opened its museum dedicated to racial equality, at the heart of which is a profoundly powerful memorial to the than , African Americans who were lynched in this country between the Civil War and World War II. Murder on Shades Mountain Melanie S Morrison Mar , In Murder on Shades Mountain Melanie S Morrison tells the gripping and tragic story of the attack and its aftermath events that shook Birmingham to its core Having first heard the story from her father who dated Nell s youngest sister when he was a teenager Morrison scoured the historical archives and documented the black led campaigns that sought to overturn Peterson s unjust

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    1. Most students of southern history are familiar with the Scottsboro Boys, but few are familiar with Willie Peterson, the murder of Shades mountain, and the trials. The involvement of the Communist party in Jim Crow South was very involved. I was not aware of this until reading this book. This book on the history of the murders on Shades mountain is eye-opening and engaging. It is both enjoying and disturbing to read. I read this book every time I had a moment. I knew the ending but was still hope [...]


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