240 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 24 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3503-3
Published: October 2017
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Strange, fascinating, and sobering, Goat Castle tells the story of this local feud, killing, investigation, and trial, showing how a true crime tale of fallen southern grandeur and murder obscured an all too familiar story of racial injustice.
About the Author
Karen L. Cox is professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
For more information about Karen L. Cox, visit the Author Page.
“Karen Cox masterfully demonstrates through a close look at the murder of Jennie Merrill how the sentimental rewriting of Civil War–era history did far more than engulf southern white culture in a romantic haze of ancestor worship; it was used as justification for racial segregation, lynching, and a legal system that routinely denied people of color justice under the law. This story will enrage readers while bringing tears to their eyes.”--Victoria E. Bynum, author of The Free State of Jones
“In taut and riveting prose, historian Karen Cox has written a masterful and moving account of murder and racial injustice in the heart of the Deep South at the height of the Great Depression. Taking readers into the crumbling mansions of Natchez, Mississippi, where white southerners still clung to any vestige of the privileges they once enjoyed, Cox reopens a decades-old mystery, and, thanks to her herculean efforts to rescue what really happened, some ugly wrongs finally have been righted.”--Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Blood in the Water
“Riveting and beautifully written, this book richly enhances our understanding of southern culture, slavery, gender, and Jim Crow. By revisiting the Goat Castle murder, Cox places the history of black and white Natchez in context, emphasizing the social and economic variables that shaped people’s everyday lives while remaining especially attentive to the cultural milieu that framed their lived experiences.”--Talitha LeFlouria, author of Chained in Silence
"With masterful storytelling, first-rate research, and an ability to see what is often unseen, Karen Cox uses the 1932 ‘Goat Castle’ murder in Natchez, Mississippi, to reveal the myths, meanings, and mysteries behind Americans' fascination with the Old South. At the heart of this tale is the human wreckage wrought by Jim Crow injustice.”--Danielle McGuire, author of At the Dark End of the Street