One Man's Castle: Clarence Darrow in Defense of the American Dream

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HarperCollins, Feb 1, 2005 - History - 384 pages
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In this buried chapter of American history, a nearly forgotten case of famed attorney Clarence Darrow comes hauntingly to the surface. In 1925 the NAACP approached Darrow to defend Ossian Sweet -- a highly respected black doctor who, after integrating an all-white neighborhood in Detroit, found himself the victim of a community attack. When Sweet and his family fought back, they were caught in a melee in which a white man was fatally shot.

The trial that ensued, one of the most urgent and compelling in the nation's history, would test the basic tenets of the American Dream -- the right of a man to defend his own home.

Tautly researched and harrowingly reported, One Man's Castle is an "important slice of American legal history and the history of the civil rights" (Kirkus Reviews).

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User Review  - juglicerr - LibraryThing

The subtitle is somewhat misleading: one might think that the book focussed on Clarence Darrow, when in fact, the life of Ossian Sweet is at the center of the story. A second book on this subject ... Read full review

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I don't write reviews but this book is a must read for everyone young and old! Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Phyllis Vine is an American historian who has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Michigan, Union College, and Barnard College. A graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, she has written for "The Nation", the "Progressive", and "Parents" magazine. Her first book, "Families in Pain", was groundbreaking in addressing the problems facing families of the mentally ill. Phyllis Vine lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

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