The eyes of Willie McGee

a tragedy of race, sex, and secrets in the Jim Crow South by Alex Heard

Publisher: Harper in New York

Written in English
Published: Pages: 404 Downloads: 751
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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [355]-365) and index.

StatementAlex Heard
Classifications
LC ClassificationsHV8699.U6 M744 2010
The Physical Object
Pagination404 p., [16] p. of plates :
Number of Pages404
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24379734M
ISBN 100061284157
ISBN 109780061284151
LC Control Number2009051769
OCLC/WorldCa456179790

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InMr. McGee. The Eyes of Willie McGee audiobook, by Alex Heard A gripping saga of race and retribution in the Deep South and a story whose haunting details echo the themes of To Kill a MockingbirdInWillie McGee, a young African-American man from Laurel, Mississippi, was sentenced to death for allegedly raping Willette Hawkins, a white housewife.3/5.

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InWillie McGee, a young African-American man from Laurel, Mississippi, was sentenced to death for allegedly raping Willette Hawkins, a white housewife. At first, McGee's case was barely noticed, covered only in hostile Mississippi newspapers and far-left publications such as the Daily Worker.

The New York Times Book Review. The Eyes of Willie McGee should be must reading for serious students of 20th century U.S. history A vivid, and essential, story of a rape trial and conviction, lynch mobs and complex personal relationships.

The Chicago Tribune/5(7). The Eyes of Willie McGee is a true story of race, rape, trial, punishment, politics, history, and family set partly in the past and partly in the ily, it’s the first complete account of a famous episode from the early days of the civil rights movement: a Mississippi courtroom drama that made national and international headlines during a five-year legal battle that started right.

The Eyes of Willie McGee by Alex Heard pages *** About the Book *** Mississippi, Willamette Hawkins, a white woman, accuses W. If you’ve read The Eyes of Willie McGee, you know there was considerable mystery surrounding a woman named Rosalee McGee, who told McGee’s defense lawyers that she was his wife and the mother of his four also presented herself, in a sworn statement, as a witness to the love affair that he said he’d had for years with the woman who accused him of rape, Willette Hawkins.

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July Joan Quigley nonfiction The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South by Alex Heard. On May 8,in Laurel, Mississippi, a year-old African-American man named Willie McGee was electrocuted for raping Willette Hawkins, a year-old white housewife and mother of three.

Yet as Heard reveals in “The Eyes of Willie McGee,” something made this case different. Indeed, the forgotten story, while it mirrors “To Kill a Mockingbird,” has all the complexity of.

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This video is unavailable. Watch Queue Queue. After I read and reviewed To Kill a Mockingbird, I was offered The Eyes of Willie McGee to review. And frankly, it was impossible to turn it down. Here's a real-life version of the trial in To Kill a Mockingbird, though it's far murkier and McGee was an African-American man who, inwas sentenced to death for raping a white housewife, Willette Hawkins.

“The Eyes of Willie McGee re-creates a drama of race, class, crime, and politics that helped set the stage for both the McCarthy Era and the civil rights revolution. Heard’s story reads like “Radical Chic” in /5(15). In the opening pages of The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex and Secrets in the Jim Crow South, Alex Heard briefly outlines McGee’s story — a black man sentenced to die for allegedly raping a white woman in Mississippi — and describes the national and international attention that it ultimately received.

Suspicions lingered about his guilt. Editions for The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South: (Hardcover published in ), (Kindle Editi Cited by: 4. A thorough revisiting of the Mississippi black-white rape case that ended in the electric chair. Determining that there were too many holes in the case against Willie McGee—despite three trials, appeals and public outcry—Outside editorial director Heard (Apocalypse Pretty Soon: Travels in End-Time America, ), born in Jackson, Miss., decided to start his investigation from scratch Author: Alex Heard.

Heard’s book is full of famous names Faulkner, Azbug, Einstein, Robeson, Mailer people who campaigned to save Willie McGee in America and around the world.

His close contacts with the families of McGee and Hawkins, and his on-the-ground work to uncover the facts, are fascinating though frustrating, since much of the evidence is. A gripping saga of race and retribution in the Deep South and a story whose haunting details echo the themes of To Kill a Mockingbird InWillie McGee, a young African-American man from Laurel, Mississippi, was sentenced to death for allegedly raping Willette Hawkins, a white housewife.

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