People Wasnt Made to Burn

People Wasnt Made to Burn❮Epub❯ ➜ People Wasnt Made to Burn ➛ Author Joe Allen – In 1947 James Hickman shot and killed the landlord he believed was responsible for a tragic fire that took the lives of four of his children on Chicago’s West Side But a vibrant defense campaign exp In James Hickman shot and killed Made to eBook ↠ the landlord he People Wasnt Epub / believed was responsible for a tragic fire that took the lives Wasnt Made to PDF ↠ of four of his children on Chicago’s West Side But a vibrant defense campaign exposing the working poverty and racism that led to his crime helped win Hickman’s freedomWith a true crime writer’s eye for suspense and a historian’s depth of knowledge Joe Allen unearths thecompelling story of a campaign that stood up to Jim Crow well before the modern civil rights movement had even begunAs deteriorating housing conditions and an accelerating foreclosure crisis combine to form a hauntingly similar set of circumstances to those that led to the Hickman case Allen’s book restores to prominence a previously unknown story with profound relevance today. Great book I knew the gist of the hickman story for awhile but was very pleased with the depth and vividness of the characters and the situations that joe allen brings to the story additionally he draws out the tragic intersection between racism and extreme exploitation which lead not only to the death of the hickman children but as he points out countless other men women and children living in substandard housing throughout chicago well worth reading even if you know the hickman story already One of the things I loved about reading this book in public places was how so many people stopped and asked me about it which prompted discussions about race class and housing which are all too relevant today It's simultaneously an emotionally compelling story a snapshot of hidden history and an inspiring political primer on how to organize a winning campaign for justice Brilliant Non fiction account of a long forgotten episode in Chicago History In 1947 Black migration to Chicago from the south was huge but strict housing segregation meant that newly arriving Blacks were stuffed into tiny converted spaces often without running water at grossly inflated pricesMr Hickman who worked at US Steel moved his family into the attic of one such building However a tenant activist began demanding repairs so the landlord burned down the building killing four of the Hickman children A year later Hickman finds himself on trial for the murder of his landlord represented by Leon Despres later an icon of Chicago's civil rights and progressive politics but then a young labor lawyer Hickman's case also became the focus of a national defense and support committee organized by the Trotskyite wing of the US Socialist movementThe author does a great job weaving together the various elements of this story Black migration racial discrimination in housing the criminal investigation of the landlord the prosecution of Hickman and how the technical legal defense work was intimately tied to the political organizingUnfortunately this story still resonates today As the author notes in an epilogue children continue to die in fires burning overcrowded dilapidated buildings; and some people are still organizing in support of the victims of unjust prosecutions In Uptown one of the first cases I worked on in the early 80's involved a series of fires several of which resulted in the deaths of tenants where the owner of deteriorated buildings packed full of poor people escaped all criminal liabilityHighly recommended for lawyers and activists involved with the criminal justice system A very engaging read I liked Joe Allen's narrative style which made the story flow smoothly He explains background where it is needed making sure the reader understands the background of all the main players The story itself is fascinating and one that very few of us know Recommended for those interested in race and housing as well as those looking to organize for grassroots change in their community This book should be read by all who love Chicago The author gave us a side of racism and the effects of Red Lining during the early part of the 20th century until the civil rights movement A sad history but in the end uplifting Interesting piece of Chicago history that we all should know Recounts an incredible story of an African American man James Hickman who shot and killed his landlord after the landlord allegedly set a fire that killed four of Hickman's children Because of an amazing grassroots campaign in Hickman's defense he served only a few months in jail and received two years probation In addition to telling a truly astounding story which has no easy moral to it that has been mostly forgotten over the past few decades the book gives explicit personal detail about the kind of living conditions African Americans were forced to endure in mid 20th century Chicago and as Allen argues in the book's final chapter today because of racist housing policy and practice in the black metropolis The story itself is excellent and the book was a uick read 200 pages but it probably could have been considerably shorter–by 30 40 pages Freuently several pages were devoted to describing the life stories of people who were involved in the Hickman defense; they always seemed unnecessarily long and somewhat tangential and I repeatedly skipped over them as I read the book Overall though a worthwhile read Race relations in Chicago have always been tense It is one of the most segregated cities in America This book recounts the story of how race played a major role in the housing situation in Chicago and just how terribly poor Black families were treated They were forced to live in deplorable dilapidated conditions by slum lords who only wanted rent money and often sought other ways to make money without improving the housing they provided Innocent lives were lost due to these situations James Hickman like most Blacks who migrated from the South came in search of something better for his family Instead he lost his four youngest children to a fire that was the direct result of a slum lord He became a man undoneThis book was not only well written but provides background where needed to help the reader understand the roles and gravity of people and institutions listed without losing the reader's interest or straying from the story at hand Any person interested in Chicago history should give this a read Though the story itself happened decades ago one can find parallels to today's crime in Black neighborhoods This book is not so much about the actions taken by James Hickman as it is about racial tensions in Chicago just after WWII and the poor living conditions that many African Americans in the city faced It is an interesting and tragic story I did spend most of the book thinking that the living conditions for poor families have not really improved much since 1947 The author's epilogue highlights this as well by discussing a current case with similar issues I would have liked to know what happened to James Hickman and the Hickman family after the events of 1947 The author mentions that Hickman's son Willis still lives on the west side of Chicago and it would have been nice to have included an update from him A tragic story about James Hickman who lost his four young children in a 1947 fire and then months later was on trial for murdering the man who he thought set the fire The microhistory takes a look at the slum like conditions in Chicago in the 1940s esp among African Americans who suffered the conseuences of living in apts with no running water electricity or fire escapes Oddly enough the author Joe Allen did pick a cae that gained national attention but did not reform housing in Chicago It would take decades

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  • Hardcover
  • 328 pages
  • People Wasnt Made to Burn
  • Joe Allen
  • English
  • 27 June 2015
  • 9781608461264