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Author Davies, Sharon L., 1960-

Title Rising road : a true tale of love, race, and religion in America / Sharon Davies
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (327 pages)
Contents Resistance -- A parish to run -- Until death do us part -- A city reacts -- A killer speaks -- The building of a defense -- The engines of justice turn -- Black robes, white robes -- Trials and tribulations -- Shadow boxing -- A jury's verdict
Summary It was among the most notorious criminal cases of its day. On August 11, 1921, in Birmingham, Alabama, a Methodist minister named Edwin Stephenson shot and killed a Catholic priest, James Coyle, in broad daylight and in front of numerous witnesses. The killer's motive? The priest had married Stephenson's eighteen-year-old daughter Ruth--who had secretly converted to Catholicism three months earlier--to Pedro Gussman, a Puerto Rican migrant and practicing Catholic. Having all but disappeared from historical memory, the murder of Father Coyle and the trial of Rev. Stephenson that followed are vi
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Anti-Catholicism -- Alabama -- Birmingham -- History -- 20th century.
Interracial marriage -- Alabama -- Birmingham -- History -- 20th century.
Murder -- Alabama -- Birmingham -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0199701903 (electronic bk.)
9780199701902 (electronic bk.)