The execution of Willie Francis

race, murder, and the search for justice in the American South

By King, Gilbert

Publishers Summary:
The true story of how a young Cajun lawyer, Bertrand DeBlanc, fought to save 17-year-old Willie Francis from the electric chair. In deciding Willie's fate the courts and the country would be forced to ask questions about capital punishment that remain unresolved today.--From amazon.com.

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ISBN
978-0-46500-265-8
Publisher
New York : Basic Civitas Books, c2008.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on February 1, 2008

Even readers who do not follow the vagaries of the criminal justice system will be sucked in by this story of Willie Francis, a 17-year-old black youth convicted of killing a local white pharmacist. The year was 1946, the place St. Martinville, LA, in the heart of the racially divided South. On May 3, 1946, Willie was strapped into the electric chair and the sw...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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