9780801857775

The Algiers Motel Incident

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  • ISBN13:

    9780801857775

  • ISBN10:

    0801857775

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-11-19
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr

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Summary

Thirty years ago, in the midst of the 1967 riots that rocked Detroit, the Algiers Motel was the site of a brutal confrontation. Three black men were killed and nine others were brutally beaten by, as John Hersey describes it in The Algiers Motel Incident, an "aggregate of Detroit police, Michigan state troopers, national guardsmen, and private guards". Responding to a telephoned report of sniping, the police group invaded the Algiers Motel and interrogated ten black men and two white women, none of whom were armed, for an hour. By the time the interrogators had left, the three men had been shot to death and the others, including the women, beaten. Hersey spent months interviewing those involved in the incident and sorting out the ensuing court proceedings in order to demonstrate that there had in fact been no sniping and that the three black men were murdered "for being thought to be pimps, for being considered punks, for making out with white girls ... for being, all in all, black young men and part of the,black rage of the time".

Author Biography

John Hersey won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945 for his first novel, A Bell for Adano. He is the author of Hiroshima and many novels, including The Wall, The Child Buyer, Under the Eye of the Storm, and Blues. He died in 1993. Thomas Sugrue is an assistant professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Origins of the Urban Crisis.

Table of Contents

Introduction: John Hersey and the Tragedy of Race ix
Thomas J. Sugrue
I The Odor of a Case July 26-31 7(56)
1 Do You Hate the Police?
7(23)
2 A Dangerous Account
30(8)
3 Too Hot to Handle
38(25)
II Three Cops and Three Days July 23-5 63(104)
4 The First Day
63(19)
5 Snake
82(27)
6 The Second Day
109(12)
7 An Out-of-Doors Man
121(7)
8 The Third Day
128(15)
9 Quiet and Respectable
143(14)
10 An Alarm of Snipers
157(10)
III Auburey and His Circle 167(40)
11 The Fork in the Road
167(40)
IV Confession July 31 207(12)
12 Could You Get My Statement Back?
207(12)
V The Algiers Motel Incident July 25-6 219(68)
13 The Snipers
219(8)
14 A Game of Chess
227(4)
15 Man, They're Going to Shoot
231(4)
16 How to Attack a Building
235(2)
17 Everybody Downstairs!
237(5)
18 Phone Calls
242(2)
19 Enter and Exit: State Police
244(7)
20 Conduct Becoming an Officer
251(2)
21 Up and Down the Line
253(4)
22 Just in Time to Pray
257(2)
23 Enter Warrant Officer Thomas
259(5)
24 Interrogations
264(5)
25 The Knife Game
269(2)
26 Skin Show
271(2)
27 The Death Game
273(4)
28 The Death Game Played Out
277(4)
29 Out
281(6)
VI Aftermath July 31 and after 287
30 A Matter for Investigation
287(15)
31 First Man in Court
302(2)
32 Logical to Be Nervous
304(3)
33 Senak's Peninsula
307(2)
34 These Are Not Little Boys
309(9)
35 The Law Was Made by People
318(4)
36 Law and Order for All?
322(5)
37 Under Indictment
327(1)
38 A Mother Speaks
328(8)
39 The Net Is Thrown Again
336(2)
40 Snipers: The Myth
338(6)
41 Fuel for the Fire Next Time
344(9)
42 Harassment?
353(6)
43 The Paille Appeal
359(2)
44 A Numbness
361(2)
45 Conspiracy?
363(5)
46 Padlocking
368(5)
47 A Cutting
373(6)
48 A Winter of Waiting
379(2)
49 Three Men at Work
381(5)
50 The Legal Maze
386(6)
51 Last Words
392(3)
52 What Is Wrong With the Country?
395

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