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The Resource Summoned at midnight : a story of race and the last military executions at Fort Leavenworth, Richard Serrano

Summoned at midnight : a story of race and the last military executions at Fort Leavenworth, Richard Serrano

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Summoned at midnight : a story of race and the last military executions at Fort Leavenworth
Title
Summoned at midnight
Title remainder
a story of race and the last military executions at Fort Leavenworth
Statement of responsibility
Richard Serrano
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In the late 1950s, as the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. was at last gaining ground, 16 soldiers sat confined in basement cells on death row in the army's Fort Leavenworth maximum security prison in Kansas. Exactly eight were white and eight were black. All of the white soldiers were commuted. Not only were their lives spared, but they all were eventually released and returned to their families. They benefited from powerful Washington powerbrokers, including the Eisenhower administration and Congress, high-priced, specialized lawyers and a groundswell of public support. Only black soldiers were hung. They were summoned at midnight to a wooden gallows and dropped to their deaths. They enjoyed no Washington support, could not afford expensive lawyers and had little public backing. Their casefiles are meager - often containing a desperate, misspelled letter from a mother pleading for her son's life. Then in early 1961 a final case reached the Oval Office in Washington. President John Kennedy, a Democrat, a liberal, and a Catholic, a leader strong on Civil Rights, was still in his First Hundred Days when confronted with whether to spare army Private John A. Bennett. Unlike all the other condemned men, white and black, Bennett was not a murderer. He had killed no one. Instead he was sentenced to die for raping a white girl. But like the other men soldiers who were hung, Bennett was black. Were he to die, he would become the last soldier executed by the army, the last in nearly 60 years"--
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Serrano, Richard A
Dewey number
355.1/3325
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HV8699.U5
LC item number
S44 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Discrimination in capital punishment
  • African American soldiers
  • United States
  • Discrimination in the military
  • Discrimination in criminal justice administration
  • Executions and executioners
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Summoned at midnight : a story of race and the last military executions at Fort Leavenworth, Richard Serrano
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Army justice -- Austria -- The castle -- Seven base -- White death row -- Eisenhower -- Black death row -- A great trouble -- Kennedy -- Midnight
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 238 pages
Isbn
9780807060964
Lccn
2018025939
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1065957695
  • (OCoLC)1065957695
  • 997684
Label
Summoned at midnight : a story of race and the last military executions at Fort Leavenworth, Richard Serrano
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Army justice -- Austria -- The castle -- Seven base -- White death row -- Eisenhower -- Black death row -- A great trouble -- Kennedy -- Midnight
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 238 pages
Isbn
9780807060964
Lccn
2018025939
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1065957695
  • (OCoLC)1065957695
  • 997684

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