State of Florida Vs. Ruby McCollum, Defendant

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C. Arthur Ellis, Leslie E. Ellis, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 356 pages
The complete annotated trial transcript of the famous trial of Ruby McCollum, an African American woman who murdered her White physician and senator-elect lover in the Segregationist South. Trial was covered for The Pittsburgh Courier by Zora Neale Hurston, who cited the case as an instance of "paramour rights," the unwritten law of the Segregationist South that gave a White man the right to force a Negro woman to have his children, whether she was married or not.

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This book gives a glimpse into an untold story in the history of Civil Rights, and does so from the perspective of a person who lived in the town of this murder and reconstructed the lost transcript of the trial. Fascinating read for today's audience, who are unfamiliar with the complexities of the legal system at the time, which allowed for all-white male juries and refusing 1st Amendment rights to the accused. 

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This book was intriguing to me because of the discussions that I would here about this case when I was a kid. The story brings to light some of the blatant injustices that people of color suffer in the region. This book also is just a good story about a affair that went way wrong and woman defends herself against the man she has trusted a physician who the hippocratic oath must have been written for. 

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