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The Resource Unexampled courage : the blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring, Richard Gergel

Unexampled courage : the blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring, Richard Gergel

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Unexampled courage : the blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring
Title
Unexampled courage
Title remainder
the blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring
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Richard Gergel
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Sergeant Isaac Woodard, a battlefield-decorated African American soldier, climbed aboard a Greyhound bus on February 12, 1946, in Augusta, Georgia, on his last leg home after three years of military service. Things suddenly went awry when a brief heated exchange with the bus driver resulted in Woodard's removal from the bus and his arrest in the small town of Batesburg, South Carolina. Shortly after the Batesburg police chief, Lynwood Shull, took Woodard into custody, he beat the soldier with his blackjack, blinding him. Details of Woodard's tragic encounter soon reached President Harry S. Truman. Outraged by the treatment of a uniformed American soldier, Truman wrote to his attorney general and made it clear that there was a need for an effective federal response. Within days, criminal civil rights charges were brought against Shull in the federal district court in South Carolina and Truman began establishing the first presidential committee on civil rights. Truman's committee recommended groundbreaking reforms, including ending segregation in the armed forces. On July 26, 1948, Truman, over vigorous opposition, issued Executive Order 9981, integrating the American military and marking the beginning of the end of Jim Crow. Shull was tried before United States District Judge J. Waties Waring, a Charleston patrician whose father was a Confederate veteran. An all-white jury quickly acquitted Shull, but Judge Waring was conscience-stricken by the failure of the justice system to hold the obviously culpable police chief accountable. Waring soon began issuing landmark civil rights decisions that rocked his native state and challenged the foundations of racial segregation and of black disenfranchisement. His courageous dissent in a 1951 school desegregation case, in which he declared segregation per se unconstitutional, became the model for the Supreme Court's unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education three years later. Richard Gergel's [book] details the long-overlooked story of the blinding of Sergeant Woodard and its transformative effect on President Truman, Judge Waring, and, ultimately, America's civil rights history. This is a story that deserves to be told, with all its pathos, its brutality, and its redemption of the American system of justice."--Dust jacket
  • "A nonfiction book detailing the case of Isaac Woodard, its influence on Judge J. Waties Waring, and how Waring went on to lay the groundwork for landmark civil rights rulings"--
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contains biographical information
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Gergel, Richard
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.61
LC item number
.G377 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Waring, Julius Waties
  • Woodard, Isaac
  • Waring, Julius Waties
  • Woodard, Isaac
  • Waring, Julius Waties
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Trials
  • South Carolina
  • United States
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • HISTORY / United States / General
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Unexampled courage : the blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring, Richard Gergel
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: A collision of two worlds -- Part I: The blinding. A tragic detour ; A wave of terror ; "The place was Batesburg" ; The bystander government -- Part II: The awakening. "My God... we have to do something" ; The Isaac Woodard road show ; The gradualist ; A "baptism in racial prejudice" -- Part III: The call to action. "I shall fight to end evil like this" ; "We know the way. We need only the will" ; Confronting the American dilemma ; There will be no fines ; Fighting the "battle royal" ; Driving the "last nail in the coffin of segregation" -- Conclusion: Unexampled courage
Control code
on1036096926
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
324 pages 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780374107895
Lccn
2018021690
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustraions
System control number
(OCoLC)1036096926
Label
Unexampled courage : the blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring, Richard Gergel
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: A collision of two worlds -- Part I: The blinding. A tragic detour ; A wave of terror ; "The place was Batesburg" ; The bystander government -- Part II: The awakening. "My God... we have to do something" ; The Isaac Woodard road show ; The gradualist ; A "baptism in racial prejudice" -- Part III: The call to action. "I shall fight to end evil like this" ; "We know the way. We need only the will" ; Confronting the American dilemma ; There will be no fines ; Fighting the "battle royal" ; Driving the "last nail in the coffin of segregation" -- Conclusion: Unexampled courage
Control code
on1036096926
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
324 pages 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780374107895
Lccn
2018021690
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustraions
System control number
(OCoLC)1036096926

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