Dean Jeff Brand, always interested in how law can serve the cause of social justice, stopped by the Zief Library the other day full of praise for Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, a "fantastic book," in his words, "that every incoming first year law student should read."
Arc of Justice reports on events that took place in Detroit in 1925. Ossian Sweet, an African-American physician, moves his family to a white neighborhood. The neighbors riot, one of them is shot, and Sweet is tried for murder. Author Kevin Boyle of Ohio State University gives us a biography of Sweet, a detailed report of the trial (in which Sweet was supported by the NAACP and defended by Clarence Darrow), a vivid sense of life in the segregated South and North of early 20th century, and some lingering questions about what it has taken and will take to eliminate racial prejudice and segregation in the United States.
USF law students, faculty, and staff can check out the Zief Library's copy of Arc of Justice. It's on the shelves on the second floor at KF 224 .S8 B69 2004.
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