The Past Is Never Dead

The Past Is Never Dead

The Trial of James Ford Seale and Mississippi's Struggle for Redemption

Book - 2009
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On May 2, 1964, Klansman James Ford Seale picked up two black hitchhikers and drowned both young men in the Mississippi River. Seale spent more than forty years a free man, before finally facing trial in 2007. There could have been two defendants in the resulting case: James Ford Seale for kidnapping and murder, and the State of Mississippi for complicity--knowingly aiding, abetting, and creating men like Seale.

In The Past Is Never Dead , best-selling author Harry MacLean follows Seale's trial, the legal difficulties of prosecuting kidnapping and murder charges decades after the fact, and the strain on a state contending with a past that can't be forgiven. MacLean's narrative is at once the account of a gripping legal battle and an acute meditation on the possibility of redemption.

Publisher: New York : BasicCivitas Books, c2009
ISBN: 9780465005048
Characteristics: 290 p., [6] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 22 cm


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