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The Execution of Willie Francis: Race, Murder, and the Search for Justice in the American South (Paperback)

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On May 3, 1946, in St. Martinsville, Louisiana, a seventeen-year-old black boy was scheduled for execution by electric chair. Willie Francis had been charged with murder; his trial had been brief; his death sentence never in doubt. When the executioners flipped the switch, Willie screamed and writhed as electricity coursed through his body. But Willie Francis did not die.

Having miraculously survived, Willie was informed that the state would attempt to execute him a second time within a week. The ensuing legal battle went all the way to the Supreme Court, asking: Could the state electrocute someone twice? A gripping narrative about a brutal crime and its shocking aftermath, The Execution of Willie Francis offers a heroic--and ultimately tragic--tale of one man's quest for moral justice in a nation still blinded by race.

About the Author


Gilbert King is the author of Woman, Child for Sale: The New Slave Trade in the 21st Century, which was selected by the Detroit Free Press as one of its ten Notable Books of the Year. In addition, he has contributed articles to numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Washington Post, Playboy, and the San Diego Union. He lives in New York City.www.williefrancis.com
Product Details
ISBN: 9780465013784
ISBN-10: 0465013783
Publisher: Basic Civitas Books
Publication Date: March 1st, 2009
Pages: 362
Language: English