Some Americans may find the continuing revelations of the United States’s heinous injustice and craven exploitation shocking and distasteful. I find many of them, including the massacres at Rosewood
, instructive and sobering. Historian Robert Whitaker carefully presents the story of race war in Elaine, Ark., and the fate of 12 black union leaders sentenced to death by all-white juries in 1919. Lawyer and former slave Scipio Africanus Jones joins with the NAACP to appeal the sentences to the U.S. Supreme Court. The result was a landmark decision, Moore v. Dempsey
. It reads better than Grisham.