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The Color of Night
Race, Railroaders, and Murder in the Wartime West
By (author): Max Geier
9780870718205 Paperback, Trade English General Trade : Age (years) from 0 - 99 HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Pacific Northwest Nov 15, 2015
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Active 152.4 x 228.6 x 17.78 mm | 600 gr 336 pages b&w photos Oregon State University Press
This rigorously researched account of the 1943 murder trial of Robert Folkes will appeal to anyone interested in the history of racial injustice, labor relations, working conditions, and attitudes toward the death penalty in the first half of the 20th century.

On an unusually cold January night in 1943, Martha James was murdered on a train in rural Oregon, near the town of Albany, in Linn County. She was young, White, Southern, and newly married to a Navy pilot. Despite inconsistent and contradictory eyewitness accounts, a young Black cook by the name of Robert Folkes, a trainman from South Central Los Angeles, was charged with the crime. Folkes’ trial and controversial conviction – resulting in his execution by the state of Oregon – captured national attention and reshaped how Oregonians and others in the West thought about race, class, and privilege.

Max G. Geier is a professor emeritus of history at Western Oregon University, specializing in nineteenth and twentieth century history with a focus on community development in the western US and Canada.

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