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Terror in the city of champions : murder, baseball, and the secret society that shocked Depression-era Detroit  Cover Image Book Book

Terror in the city of champions : murder, baseball, and the secret society that shocked Depression-era Detroit / Tom Stanton.


Detroit 1936: In a city abuzz over its unrivaled sports success, baseball fan Dayton Dean is arrested for murder. Though said to have a childlike intelligence, Dean possesses a vivid memory and a hunger for attention. He gives police a story about a secret Klan-like organization called the Black Legion, responsible for countless murders, floggings, and fire bombings. The Legion has tens of thousands of members in the Midwest, among them politicians and notable citizens--even, possibly, a beloved Detroit athlete. When Dean's revelations explode, they all seek cover. Award-winning author Tom Stanton's stunning work of history, crime, and sports, weaves together the terror of the Legion with the magnificent athletic ascension of Detroit. Richly portraying 1930s America, and featuring figures like Louis, the country's most famous black man; Jewish slugger Hank Greenberg; anti-Semitic Henry Ford; radio priest Father Coughlin; and J. Edgar Hoover, Terror in the City of Champions is a rollicking true tale set at the confluence of hard luck, hope, victory, and violence.

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  • ISBN: 9781493015702
  • ISBN: 1493015702
  • Physical Description: xiii, 327 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, [2016]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-314) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Something Afoot, 1933-1934 -- Grand Plans, 1935 -- Joy and Terror, 1936.
Something Afoot, 1933-1934. Mickey and Dayton ; A friend disappears ; Spring in Lakeland ; Major-General Bert ; A future together ; The bee is buzzing ; Neither threats nor bribes ; It hurt for days ; The little stone chapel ; The superstitious schoolboy and his gal ; Happy Rosh Hashanah, Hank ; Oh, those Dean boys ; The attorney down the street -- Grand Plans, 1935. A new year ; Mr. Hoover, investigate ; Harry's caravan ; The radio priest ; The killing of Silas Coleman ; Worries ; Unwanted attention ; Zero hour ; Louis vs. Baer ; World champions ; Amid the joy, punishment ; The pastor who said no ; Uncle Frank ; Come to Detroit, Lindbergh -- Joy and Terror, 1936. Case closed ; City of champions ; Rumors ; Poole and Pidcock ; Secrets ; Black Legion hysteria ; Frenzied nerves ; Dayton Dean and the Negro reporter ; The captain ; Wyoming ; The cover-up -- Epilogue.
Subject: Black Legion.
Murder > Michigan > Detroit > History > 20th century.
Professional sports > Michigan > Detroit > History > 20th century.
Baseball > Michigan > Detroit > History > 20th century.
Detroit (Mich.) > History > 20th century.
Genre: True crime stories.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.


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Kirtland Community College Library HV 6534 .D6 S73 2016 30775305521099 General Collection Available -

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