5 thoughts on “The Past Is Never Dead

  1. This book tells the story of James Ford Seale and his trial for the killings of two Black youth in May,1964. After 43 years the government arrests and tries Seale for the murders. The author traces the events that led up to the trial. He details the events that led to the murders and why it took so long for the defendant to be tried.
    Along with this case the author offers information on the history of Mississippi’s racial history. Included is a synopsis of other civil rights murders in the state

  2. While this was an interesting book, the author jumped around too much between the trial of James Ford Seale, the early history of Mississippi, other Civil Rights trials of the 60’s, and current culture. I understand that he was trying to paint a backdrop to give the trial perspective, but it became distracting trying to keep the various names and eras straight. The story wasn’t as gripping as I thought it was going to be but I did learn a lot about the difficulties of prosecuting a crime that is

  3. Eh. I finished it only because I wanted to know what happened in the case (and it’s a fast read). The cocky voice irritated me, especially when the author made apparent how little he knew. He tries to grab the reader initially with arguments about race, but even his word usage is off-putting. It is, however, a book worth being written.

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