Rising Road

Rising Road

A True Tale of Love, Race, and Religion in America

eBook - 2010
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It was among the most notorious criminal cases of its day. On August 11, 1921, in Birmingham, Alabama, a Methodist minister named Edwin Stephenson shot and killed a Catholic priest, James Coyle, in broad daylight and in front of numerous witnesses. The killer's motive? The priest had married Stephenson's eighteen-year-old daughter Ruth--who had secretly converted to Catholicism three months earlier--to Pedro Gussman, a Puerto Rican migrant and practicing Catholic. Having all but disappeared from historical memory, the murder of Father Coyle and the trial of Rev. Stephenson that followed are vi.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780199701902
Characteristics: 1 online resource (327 pages)


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Jul 04, 2011

This book tells a true story about anti-Catholicism in the South during the 1920s. The KKK was a major force in the communities down South (and elsewhere) and well-represented among the police forces and attorneys. As you may know, the KKK was an equal-opportunity hater; not only did they hate black folks but also Jews and Catholics.
The true story described in the book was about a young woman who ran away from her Protestant family to marry a Catholic man. Her father, a passionate Protestant, shot the priest who married his daughter to the Catholic. The priest died and the father was tried in court for murder. Three out of his four attorneys were KKK members at the time and the fourth, future Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, joined the KKK two years later.
The book is well-written, by an attorney, and it illuminates an aspect of the KKK that is often forgotten.

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