Arc of Justice

Arc of Justice

by

Kevin Boyle

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Eric Houghberg Character Analysis

Erich Houghberg is a young plumber who rents a room in a house next door to Ray and Kathleen Dove and across the street from the Sweets’ house on Garland Avenue. Drawn by the excitement, he is standing next to Leon Breiner in the crowd outside the house on September 9th when he’s shot in the leg. He survives his injuries and testifies for the Prosecution during the Sweet trials.
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Eric Houghberg Character Timeline in Arc of Justice

The timeline below shows where the character Eric Houghberg appears in Arc of Justice. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Where Death Waits
Prejudice, Segregation, and Society Theme Icon
Justice and Civil Rights Theme Icon
...people wondering why the police don’t “drag those niggers out.” Meanwhile, a young man named Eric Houghberg puts on a clean set of clothes before joining the crowd on Garland Avenue. (full context)
Prejudice, Segregation, and Society Theme Icon
Self-Defense, Race, and Ownership Theme Icon
Outside, white neighborhood resident Eric Houghberg joins the mob. As the first shots ring out, he approaches  Leon Breiner, who is... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Letter of Your Law
Prejudice, Segregation, and Society Theme Icon
Justice and Civil Rights Theme Icon
...the other men arrive at the police station as confirmation arrives that, while doctors expect Eric Houghberg to survive, Leon Breiner has died. The architectural beauty of Detroit’s neoclassical police headquarters belies... (full context)