Books: Non-Fiction

Race Against Time: The Untold Story of Scipio Jones and the Battle to Save Twelve Innocent Men

Book - Non-fiction. By Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace. 2021. 144 pages. Scipio Africanus Jones — a self-taught attorney who was born enslaved — leads a momentous series of court cases to save twelve Black men who'd been unjustly sentenced to death.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements

Scipio Africanus Jones — a self-taught attorney who was born enslaved — leads a momentous series of court cases to save twelve Black men who’d been unjustly sentenced to death.

In October 1919, a group of Black sharecroppers met at a church in an Arkansas village to organize a union. Bullets rained down on the meeting from outside. Many were killed by a white mob, and others were rounded up and arrested. Twelve of the sharecroppers were hastily tried and sentenced to death. Up stepped Scipio Africanus Jones, a self-taught lawyer who’d been born enslaved. Could he save the men’s lives and set them free? Through their in-depth research and consultation with legal experts, award-winning nonfiction authors Sandra and Rich Wallace examine the complex proceedings and an African American early civil rights hero. [Publisher’s description.]

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