Side by Side: Moonshine and Murder in Mississippi

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A ghastly murder, Jim Crow justice, and the gallows tree. When two federal marshals rode up to Will Mathis' rural house outside of Oxford, Mississippi, in 1901 to arrest him for counterfeiting and distilling, they had no idea what was waiting for them. Mathis and African American servant Orlando Lester shot the marshals, chopped up their bodies, and burned Mathis' house to the ground with the bodies inside. Mathis and Lester were sentenced to hang. Nationwide media coverage of the grisly case led more than 7,000 people to descend on Oxford to witness the hanging of a black man and a white man side by side. Briskly paced and meticulously researched, this tale that captured the public imagination is brought back to life in riveting detail.
ISBN: 9781455621835
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Mississippi
Images: 19
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
For most of his life, author T. J. Ray has explored ways to not only strengthen his own writing but also help others shape their linguistic abilities. As an instructor, he taught courses in English composition, advanced composition, Chaucer, semantics, medieval English literature, Middle English, historical linguistics, and more. Many of his courses aimed to teach writing using computers, a skill he feels grows increasingly important as technology advances. In order to make computer proficiency more common in educational settings, Apple, Inc. sent Ray around the country to give lectures in high schools and colleges to English professors. Ray received both his bachelor of arts and master of arts in English from Mississippi College; he went on to receive his doctor of philosophy from the University of Oregon. In addition to teaching, he has also directed several theses, dissertations, and doctorate essays. His own essays on writing topics such as the disjunctive phrase and describing geometric forms have appeared in several publications. For fourteen years, Ray also served as a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America. Born in Louisville, Mississippi, Ray makes his home in Oxford, Mississippi. His days are spent in front of a computer or behind a camera photographing birds and flowers.
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