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May 9, 2004 | 1 book mentioned

A new book about a largely forgotten civil rights battle is getting good reviews. One Man’s Castle by Phyllis Vine tells the true story of an African American doctor in Detroit in 1925 named Ossian Sweet. The day he moved his family into a white neighborhood, his house was surrounded by an angry mob throwing rocks. Attempting to defend his family, Sweet fired on the crowd killing one of them. This AP review continues: “in a remarkable civil rights victory for the time, two all-white juries refused to convict them — recognizing the principle that a man’s house is his castle, regardless of race.” It sounds quite interesting.

Everyone will be rushing out to see Troy this weekend, but you may want to flip through The Iliad if you want to get the real story.


created The Millions and is its publisher. He and his family live in New Jersey.

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