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A Shot In The Moonlight : How a Freed Slave and a Confederate Soldier Fought for Justice in the Jim Crow South / Ben Montgomery.

Montgomery, Ben, (author.).

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North Kansas City Public Library 976.904 MONTGOMERY 2021 (Text) 0001002433629 Nonfiction New In transit -

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After moonrise on the cold night of January 21, 1897, a mob of twenty-five white men gathered in a patch of woods near Big Road in southwestern Simpson County, Kentucky. Half carried rifles and shotguns, and a few tucked pistols in their pants. Their target was George Dinning, a freed slave who'd farmed peacefully in the area for 14 years, and who had been wrongfully accused of stealing livestock from a neighboring farm. When the mob began firing through the doors and windows of Dinning's home, he fired back in self-defense, shooting and killing the son of a wealthy Kentucky family.So began one of the strangest legal episodes in American history - one that ended with Dinning becoming the first Black man in America to win damages after a wrongful murder conviction.Drawing on a wealth of never-before-published material, bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Ben Montgomery resurrects this dramatic but largely forgotten story, and the unusual convergence of characters - among them a Confederate war hero-turned-lawyer named Bennett H. Young, Kentucky governor William O'Connell Bradley, and George Dinning himself - that allowed this unlikely story of justice to unfold in a time and place where justice was all too rare.
Subject: Dinning, George.
Young, Bennett Henderson, 1843-1919.
African Americans > Crimes against > History > Kentucky.
Trials > Kentucky > History.
Freedmen > Kentucky.
Kentucky > Race relations > History.

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