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Summoned at Midnight by Richard A. Serrano
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Jan 28, 2020 | ISBN 9780807028353

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Praise

“Serrano paces his slim account for maximum suspense, but Bennett’s execution feels increasingly foreordained, particularly when the putatively liberal John F. Kennedy declines to second-guess his predecessor. The author’s scrupulous research ably captures a shameful time during the military’s halting journey toward integration. A compact, engrossing historical meditation with clear relevance to current controversies over race and punishment.”
Kirkus Reviews

“An important contribution to the historiography of race and justice.”
Publishers Weekly

“Serrano presents a harrowing and necessary corrective chronicle.”
Booklist

Summoned at Midnight, tells the important but overlooked story of the role of race in the fates of former soldiers sentenced to death by the military. It’s a book that manages to be both dark and enlightening.”
The Progressive

“Richard A. Serrano brings to life a shamefully overlooked episode in American history. In the shadow of upheavals in Montgomery, Scottsboro, and Little Rock, the US Army quietly maintained its own lethal regime of white supremacy. It is a chilling portrait of the federal government in the early years of the civil rights movement. Meticulously researched and humanely written, Summoned at Midnight masterfully unravels a forgotten history of racial injustice during the twilight of Jim Crow.”
—Daniel LaChance, author of Executing Freedom: The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment in the United States

Summoned at Midnight brilliantly brings to life a tragic and forgotten chapter of American history, when the US Army was still plagued by Jim Crow even on the cusp of the civil rights movement. It is a heartbreaking reminder that progress is often halting and that iconic historic figures were sometimes guilty of moral cowardice.”
—James Risen, author of Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War

Summoned at Midnight uncovers one of the darkest chapters in American history. It is a must-read for those seeking to understand the historical failures of the criminal justice system and how black soldiers fared within it. This gripping and devastating story about racism, inequality, and capital punishment by the US military is one I never knew and will never forget.”
—Talitha LeFlouria, author of Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South

Table Of Contents

Prologue

CHAPTER ONE
Army Justice

CHAPTER TWO
Austria

CHAPTER THREE
The Castle

CHAPTER FOUR
Seven Base

CHAPTER FIVE
White Death Row

CHAPTER SIX
Eisenhower

CHAPTER SEVEN
Black Death Row

CHAPTER EIGHT
A Great Trouble

CHAPTER NINE
Kennedy

CHAPTER TEN
Midnight

Postscript
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Note on Sources
References
Index

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