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Arc of Justice: Introduction
Arc of Justice: Plot Summary
Arc of Justice: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Arc of Justice: Themes
Arc of Justice: Quotes
Arc of Justice: Characters
Arc of Justice: Terms
Arc of Justice: Symbols
Arc of Justice: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Kevin Boyle
Historical Context of Arc of Justice
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- Full Title: Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age
- When Written: Early 2000s
- Where Written: Columbus, Ohio
- When Published: 2004
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Historical Nonfiction
- Setting: Detroit in the 1920s
- Climax: The jury returns a verdict of not guilty in the second Sweet trial.
- Antagonist: Racism, redlining, and discriminatory lending practices
- Point of View: Third person
Extra Credit for Arc of Justice
Favorite Son. In 2007, in conjunction with the staging of a play based on the events covered in Arc of Justice, the city of Detroit honored Boyle for his scholarship on the Sweet trials, the history of labor relations in the city, and in recognition of his lifelong personal connection with his hometown.
A Man’s Home is His Museum. In 1958, Ossian Sweet sold the Garland Avenue house to another Black family. In 2018, the city of Detroit received a $500,000 federal civil rights grant to turn the house into museum. The museum memorializes the events of the shooting and the resulting trials, and it also explores the history of segregation in the city.