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By Dina Temple-Raston

A rare account of the way a small Texas city struggled to return to grips with its racist prior within the aftermath of the brutal homicide of James Byrd, Jr.

On June 7, 1998, a forty-nine-year-old black guy named James Byrd, Jr., used to be chained to the bumper of a truck and dragged 3 miles down a rustic highway by way of a trio of younger white males. It didn't take lengthy for the citizens of Jasper, Texas, to profit in regards to the homicide or to fret that the identify in their city might turn into the nation's shorthand for hate crimes.

From the preliminary research throughout the trials and their aftermath, A loss of life in Texas tells the tale of the notorious Byrd homicide as obvious during the eyes of enlightened Sheriff Billy Rowles. What he sees is a group compelled to confront not just a grisly crime but additionally antebellum traditions approximately race. Drawing on large interviews with key gamers, journalist Dina Temple-Raston introduces a extraordinary forged of characters, from the baby-faced killer, invoice King, to Joe Tonahill, Jasper's white patriarch who can't comprehend the furor over the killing. There's additionally James Byrd, the hard-drinking sufferer together with his personal darkish previous; the prosecutor and safety legal professionals; and invoice King's father, who's demise of a damaged center as he awaits his son's execution.

Just as Bernard Lefkowitz pulled again the curtain on Glenridge, New Jersey, in his vintage paintings Our men, Temple-Raston is going behind the curtain in Jasper, Texas, to inform the tale of a city the place racism and evil made itself at domestic

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