June 1910, Charleston
, South Carolina. A Jewish merchant, Max Lubelsky, lay murdered. The quiet protestations of innocence by the black man arrested several weeks later were drowned out by the overwhelming condemnation of the white community. Historians Crooks and Bostick reveal the tragic tale of a man caught up in Jim Crow
justice one hot Southern summer.
Charleston, South Carolina, was the center of secession sentiment before the Civil War and the place where fighting began. Jim Crow laws were designed to deny their civil rights in the South, either directly or by indirect consequences.