Marvin Dunn -- The Beast in Florida
02/04/2013, 08:00 pm
Coral Gables, FL
Marvin Dunn -- The Beast in Florida -- Gables Start: 8:00 pm A symbolic embodiment of racial violence and hatred, The Beast openly prowled the nation between the Civil War and the civil rights movement. From the bombing of Harriette and Harry T. Moore's home on Christmas Day to Willie James Howard's murder, from the Rosewood massacre to the Newberry Six lynchings, Marvin Dunn offers an encyclopedic catalogue of The Beast's rampages in Florida. Crucial insights from interviews with descendants of both perpetrators and victims shape this study of Florida’s grim racial history. Rather than pointing fingers and placing blame, The Beast in Florida (Univ Press of FL, $24.95) allows voices and facts to speak for themselves, facilitating a conversation on the ways in which racial violence changed both black and white lives forever. With this comprehensive and balanced look at racially motivated events, Dunn reveals the Sunshine State's too-often forgotten--or intentionally hidden--past.