240 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 24 halftones, notes, bibl., index
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3504-0
Published: August 2017
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.
"Provides a definitive look at the 1932 murder of Jennie Merrill."--Publishers Weekly
"This engrossing tale of murder, injustice, and racial inequality will interest lovers of regional history as well as true crime buffs."--Library Journal
“A riveting exploration of a true crime that illuminates the complicated relationship between race and the law in the post-Civil War South.”--Foreword Reviews
“A detailed, thoughtful exploration of race and crime in the Jim Crow South through a case that was nationally covered, capturing a country in the throes of the Great Depression."--ALA Booklist
"Strange, fascinating and sobering, Goat Castle tells the story of [a] 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."--Deep South Magazine
“Cox dives deeper than the headlines, through excellent historical and journalistic investigation, to bring to light a horrible injustice.”--Lemuria Books Blog
Multimedia & Links
- Cox talks to Edward T. O'Donnell on the "In the Past Lane" podcast. (10/31/2017, running time 34:43)