The Lynching

The Lynching

Synopsis

The New York Times bestselling author of The Kennedy Women chronicles the powerful and spellbinding true story of a brutal race-based killing in 1981 and subsequent trials that undid one of the most pernicious organizations in American history—the Ku Klux Klan.

On a Friday night in March 1981 Henry Hays and James Knowles scoured the streets of Mobile in their car, hunting for a black man. The young men were members of Klavern 900 of the United Klans of America. They were seeking to retaliate after a largely black jury could not reach a verdict in a trial involving a black man accused of the murder of a white man. The two Klansmen found nineteen-year-old Michael Donald walking home alone. Hays and Knowles abducted him, beat him, cut his throat, and left his body hanging from a tree branch in a racially mixed residential neighborhood.

Arrested, charged, and convicted, Hays was sentenced to death—the first time in more than half a century that the state of Alabama sentenced a white man to death for killing a black man. On behalf of Michael’s grieving mother, Morris Dees, the legendary civil rights lawyer and cofounder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, filed a civil suit against the members of the local Klan unit involved and the UKA, the largest Klan organization. Charging them with conspiracy, Dees put the Klan on trial, resulting in a verdict that would level a deadly blow to its organization.

Based on numerous interviews and extensive archival research, The Lynching brings to life two dramatic trials, during which the Alabama Klan’s motives and philosophy were exposed for the evil they represent. In addition to telling a gripping and consequential story, Laurence Leamer chronicles the KKK and its activities in the second half the twentieth century, and illuminates its lingering effect on race relations in America today.

The Lynching includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs.

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Chapters

  • 001 The Lynching
    Duration: 12s
  • 002 Prologue
    Duration: 01min
  • 003 Chapter 01
    Duration: 14min
  • 004 Chapter 02
    Duration: 06min
  • 005 Chapter 03
    Duration: 10min
  • 006 Chapter 04
    Duration: 04min
  • 007 Chapter 05
    Duration: 14min
  • 008 Chapter 06
    Duration: 08min
  • 009 Chapter 07
    Duration: 05min
  • 010 Chapter 08
    Duration: 09min
  • 011 Chapter 09
    Duration: 09min
  • 012 Chapter 10
    Duration: 15min
  • 013 Chapter 11
    Duration: 02min
  • 014 Chapter 12
    Duration: 12min
  • 015 Chapter 13
    Duration: 12min
  • 016 Chapter 14
    Duration: 05min
  • 017 Chapter 15
    Duration: 11min
  • 018 Chapter 16
    Duration: 04min
  • 019 Chapter 17
    Duration: 08min
  • 020 Chapter 18
    Duration: 08min
  • 021 Chapter 19
    Duration: 11min
  • 022 Chapter 20
    Duration: 07min
  • 023 Chapter 21
    Duration: 10min
  • 024 Chapter 22
    Duration: 11min
  • 025 Chapter 23
    Duration: 04min
  • 026 Chapter 24
    Duration: 11min
  • 027 Chapter 25
    Duration: 11min
  • 028 Chapter 26
    Duration: 08min
  • 029 Chapter 27
    Duration: 08min
  • 030 Chapter 28
    Duration: 14min
  • 031 Chapter 29
    Duration: 04min
  • 032 Chapter 30
    Duration: 14min
  • 033 Chapter 31
    Duration: 11min
  • 034 Chapter 32
    Duration: 10min
  • 035 Chapter 33
    Duration: 15min
  • 036 Chapter 34
    Duration: 16min
  • 037 Chapter 35
    Duration: 13min
  • 038 Chapter 36
    Duration: 07min
  • 039 Chapter 37
    Duration: 07min
  • 040 Chapter 38
    Duration: 06min
  • 041 Chapter 39
    Duration: 12min
  • 042 Chapter 40
    Duration: 06min
  • 043 Chapter 41
    Duration: 16min
  • 044 Chapter 42
    Duration: 07min
  • 045 Chapter 43
    Duration: 08min
  • 046 Chapter 44
    Duration: 05min
  • 047 Chapter 45
    Duration: 07min
  • 048 Chapter 46
    Duration: 05min
  • 049 Chapter 47
    Duration: 05min
  • 050 Chapter 48
    Duration: 08min
  • 051 Chapter 49
    Duration: 10min
  • 052 Chapter 50
    Duration: 03min
  • 053 Chapter 51
    Duration: 09min
  • 054 Chapter 52
    Duration: 17min
  • 055 Chapter 53
    Duration: 06min
  • 056 Chapter 54
    Duration: 12min
  • 057 Chapter 55
    Duration: 09min
  • 058 Chapter 56
    Duration: 11min
  • 059 Chapter 57
    Duration: 12min
  • 060 Chapter 58
    Duration: 02min
  • 061 Chapter 59
    Duration: 09min
  • 062 Chapter 60
    Duration: 13min
  • 063 Chapter 61
    Duration: 09min
  • 064 Chapter 62
    Duration: 14min
  • 065 Chapter 63
    Duration: 09min
  • 066 Where Are They Now
    Duration: 03min
  • 067 Credits
    Duration: 32s
  • sample
    Duration: 01min

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