Bloody Williamson

Williamson County in southern Illinois has been the scene of almost unparalleled violence, from the Bloody Vendetta between two families in the 1870s through the Herrin Massacre of 1922, Ku Klux Klan activities that ended in fatalities, and ...

Author: Paul M. Angle

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252062337

Category: History

Page: 314

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Williamson County in southern Illinois has been the scene of almost unparalleled violence, from the Bloody Vendetta between two families in the 1870s through the Herrin Massacre of 1922, Ku Klux Klan activities that ended in fatalities, and the gang war of the 1920s between the Charlie Birger and Shelton brothers gangs. Paul Angle was fascinated by this more-than-fifty-year history, and his account of violence has become a classic.

Bloody Williamson

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Author: Paul M. Angle

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 9780804152778

Category: True Crime

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This is a horror story of native American violence. It carries a grim lesson for the whole country. Political doctrines have played no part in the violence and murder that have brought much ill fame to one corner of Illinois. On the map, Williamson is just another county. But in history it is a place in which a strange disease has raged for more than eighty years—a disease marked by a pathological tendency to settle differences by force. Fascinated by this, Paul M. Angle, the well-known historian, set out to discover what really had happened. Through enormous research he has been able to reconstruct the whole story in all its horrible, scarifying detail. Using the best techniques of reportage, without editorializing, without subjective coloration, he has produced a narrative beyond imagination. It begins with the "Bloody Vendetta," a feud that rampaged in the 1870s. It deals with labor's success in organizing coal mines in southern Illinois, an affair that twice blew up in violence. It covers the Herrin Massacre of 1922—perhaps the most shocking episode in the history of organized labor in this country—and the subsequent trials. The Ku Klux Klan provides material for four chapters that come to a climax in a fatal duel between the Klan and its opponents. And it ends with the story of the gang war between Charlie Birger and the Shelton brothers. It is a tale to shake the most phlegmatic reader.

Herrin

Angle, Bloody Williamson, 183; Ayabe, “The Ku Klux Klan Movement,” 304, 308. 255. Angle, Bloody Williamson, 183–84; Ayabe, “The Ku Klux Klan Movement,” 322–25. 256. Ayabe, “The Ku Klux Klan Movement,” 327. 257. Angle, Bloody Williamson ...

Author: John Griswold

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781625843197

Category: Photography

Page: 160

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Herrin, Illinois, has seen many dramatic events unfold in the nearly two hundred years since it was a bell-shaped prairie on the frontier. Now, Herrin native John Griswold, a writer and teacher at the University of Illinois, provides the first comprehensive history of this most American city, a place that in its time became not just a melting pot, but a cauldron. Discover why the coal was so good in the “Quality Circle” and what happened to the boom that followed its discovery. Explore the roots of the vicious Herrin Massacre of 1922 and learn why the entire nation has focused its gaze on this small Midwestern city so many times. Incorporating the most recent scholarship, interviews, and classic histories and narratives, this brief and entertaining history is illustrated with more than seventy-five archival photos that help tell this important American story.

Williamson County Illinois Sesquicentennial History

"Bloody Williamson By Paula M. Davenport The Southern Illinoisan Reprinted with permission Headlines broadcast news of violence and bloodshed after the June 22, 1922, Herrin Massacre. Such reports likely first introduced the world to ...

Author: Stan J. Hale

Publisher: Turner Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780938021766

Category: History

Page: 503

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Sheriff

This 160 page book serves as a memoir of a lawman (Harry Spiller) from Williamson County, Illinois and tells of his stories and ventures as a sheriff.

Author: Harry Spiller

Publisher: Turner Publishing Company

ISBN: 1563115077

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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This 160 page book serves as a memoir of a lawman (Harry Spiller) from Williamson County, Illinois and tells of his stories and ventures as a sheriff.

The War on Alcohol Prohibition and the Rise of the American State

Klux Klan Movement in Williamson County,” 25–100. G. B. Young to Paul Angle, July 31, 1950; Irvin Young to Paul Angle, Sept. 7, 1950, Box 1, PAC; Angle, Bloody Williamson, 142–45; MR, Dec. 24, 1923, Dec. 26, 1924; CDT, Dec.

Author: Lisa McGirr

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393248791

Category: History

Page: 384

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“[This] fine history of Prohibition . . . could have a major impact on how we read American political history.”—James A. Morone, New York Times Book Review Prohibition has long been portrayed as a “noble experiment” that failed, a newsreel story of glamorous gangsters, flappers, and speakeasies. Now at last Lisa McGirr dismantles this cherished myth to reveal a much more significant history. Prohibition was the seedbed for a pivotal expansion of the federal government, the genesis of our contemporary penal state. Her deeply researched, eye-opening account uncovers patterns of enforcement still familiar today: the war on alcohol was waged disproportionately in African American, immigrant, and poor white communities. Alongside Jim Crow and other discriminatory laws, Prohibition brought coercion into everyday life and even into private homes. Its targets coalesced into an electoral base of urban, working-class voters that propelled FDR to the White House. This outstanding history also reveals a new genome for the activist American state, one that shows the DNA of the right as well as the left. It was Herbert Hoover who built the extensive penal apparatus used by the federal government to combat the crime spawned by Prohibition. The subsequent federal wars on crime, on drugs, and on terror all display the inheritances of the war on alcohol. McGirr shows the powerful American state to be a bipartisan creation, a legacy not only of the New Deal and the Great Society but also of Prohibition and its progeny. The War on Alcohol is history at its best—original, authoritative, and illuminating of our past and its continuing presence today.

The Herrin Massacre of 1922

“The tangled and complex story”: There are several good books on the Bloody Vendetta, including Bloody Williamson by Paul Angle, and The Bloody Vendetta of Southern Illinois by Milo Erwin and Jon Musgrove. 3.

Author: Greg Bailey

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476681719

Category: History

Page: 178

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In 1922, a coal miner strike spread across the United States, swallowing the heavily-unionized mining town of Herrin, Illinois. When the owner of the town's local mine hired non-union workers to break the strike, violent conflict broke out between the strikebreakers and unionized miners, who were all heavily armed. When strikebreakers surrendered and were promised safe passage home, the unionized miners began executing them before large, cheering crowds. This book tells the cruel truth behind the story that the coal industry tried to suppress and that Herrin wants to forget. A thorough account of the massacre and its aftermath, this book sets a heartland tragedy against the rise and decline of the coal industry.

Bloody Breathitt

Environmental factors were not to blame, Redfield surmised, since expatriated southerners carried it with them even when they left the former war zone—as in Illinois's “bloody Williamson” County, where “a feud among families or factions ...

Author: T.R.C. Hutton

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813142432

Category: History

Page: 444

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This book uses the history of Breathitt County, Kentucky, to examine political violence in the United States and its interpretation in media and memory. Violence in Breathitt County, during and after the Civil War, usually reflected what was going on elsewhere in Kentucky and the American South. In turn, the types of violence recorded there corresponded with discernible political scenarios.

Bloody Williamson

The book begins with the "Bloody Vendetta," a feud that rampaged in the 1870s.

Author: Paul McClelland Angle

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:250823669

Category: Coal miners

Page: 299

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The book begins with the "Bloody Vendetta," a feud that rampaged in the 1870s. It deals with labor's success in organizing coal mines in southern Illinois, an affair that twice blew up in violence. It covers the Herrin Massacre of 1922--perhaps the most shocking episode in the history of organized labor in this country--and the subsequent trials. The Ku Klux Klan provides material for four chapters that come to a climax in a fatal duel between the Klan and its opponents. And it ends with the story of the gang war between Charlie Birger and the Shelton brothers.

The Flying Circus

But the Ku Klux Klan's gettin' involved in the fracas, cleanin' things up. “Bloody Williamson,” Henry said under his breath. “Bloody Williamson.” 10 The newspaper reported the fire at Mrs. Thomas Franklin's 160 – SUSAN CRANDALL.

Author: Susan Crandall

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781476772165

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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"A novel about the beginning years of aviation"--

Normal Gazette

Please relieve us of tion that can not be baffled . this title , “ Bloody Williamson , ” for not a more despisable pame could you call it . WILLIAMSON COUNTY . READING BEST TO AVOID . Oliver Barter is assisting his father in the nursery ...

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ISBN: HARVARD:32044102795598

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Murder in Little Egypt

The best account of the Herrin Massacre is in Paul M. Angle, Bloody Williamson (New York, 1952), a magnificent book by a distinguished historian; Angle also narrates the Bloody Vendetta, the Klan war, and the career of Charlie Birger.

Author: Darcy O'Brien

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781497658653

Category: True Crime

Page: 348

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New York Times Bestseller: The “fascinating” true story of John Dale Cavaness, a much-admired Illinois doctor—and the cold-blooded killer of his own son (The Washington Post). Fusing the narrative power of an award-winning novelist and the detailed research of an experienced investigator, author Darcy O’Brien unfolds the story of Dr. John Dale Cavaness, the southern Illinois physician and surgeon charged with the murder of his son Sean in December 1984. Outraged by the arrest of the skilled medical practitioner who selflessly attended to their needs, the people of Little Egypt, as the natives call their region, rose to his defense. But during the subsequent trial, a radically different, disquieting portrait of Dr. Cavaness would emerge. Throughout the three decades that he enjoyed the admiration and respect of his community, Cavaness was privately terrorizing his family, abusing his employees, and making disastrous financial investments. As more and more grisly details of the Cavaness case come to stark Midwestern light in O’Brien’s chilling account, so too does the hidden gothic underside of rural America and its heritage of violence and blood. “A meticulous account . . . An implicit indictment of a culture that condones and encourages violent behavior in men.” —The New York Times Book Review “A fascinating story, and Darcy O’Brien does a great job of structuring it for suspense.” —The Washington Post “Riveting.”—Publishers Weekly “A terrifying story of family violence and the community that honored the perpetrator.” —Kirkus Reviews “Stunning material . . . Handled with justice and fastidiousness by a natural storyteller.” —Seamus Heaney, winner of the Nobel Prize

American Murder

See also “Why Egypt?,” by John J. Dunphy and “Egypt vs. Arkansas,” by Brann the Iconoclast, both in Springhouse (Vol. I, No. 3, March–April 1984). The best account of the Herrin Massacre is in Paul M. Angle, Bloody Williamson (New York, ...

Author: Darcy O'Brien

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504047173

Category: True Crime

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Three riveting accounts of horrific crimes and the twisted minds behind them by an Edgar Award–winning author, in one volume. A father’s ultimate betrayal, a savage killing spree that terrorized Los Angeles, and the brutal slaying of a rich man’s college-aged daughter. In this heart-stopping true crime collection, New York Times–bestselling author Darcy O’Brien uncovers the dark underside of the American dream. Murder in Little Egypt: Dr. John Dale Cavaness selflessly attended to the needs of his small, southern Illinois community. But when Cavaness was charged with the murder of his son Sean in December 1984, a radically different portrait of the physician and surgeon emerged. Throughout the three decades he had basked in the admiration and respect of the people of Little Egypt, Cavaness was privately terrorizing his family, abusing his employees, and making disastrous financial investments. In this New York Times bestseller, as more and more grisly details come to light, so too does rural America’s heritage of blood and violence become clear. The Hillside Stranglers: For weeks, the body count of sexually violated, brutally murdered young women escalated. With increasing alarm, Los Angeles newspapers headlined the deeds of a serial killer they named the Hillside Strangler. But not until January 1979, more than a year later, would the mysterious disappearance of two university students near Seattle lead police to the arrest of a security guard—the handsome, charming, fast-talking Kenny Bianchi—and the discovery that the strangler was not one man but two. The Hillside Stranglers is the disturbing portrait of a city held hostage by fear and a pair of psychopaths whose lust was as insatiable as their hate. A Dark and Bloody Ground: On a sweltering evening in August 1985, three men breached Roscoe Acker’s alarm and security systems, stabbed his daughter to death, and made off with over $1.9 million in cash. The killers were part of a hillbilly gang led by Sherry Sheets Hodge, a former prison guard, and her husband, lifetime criminal Benny Hodge. The stolen money came in handy shortly afterward, when they used it to lure Kentucky’s most flamboyant lawyer, Lester Burns, into representing them. “The smell of wet, coal-laden earth, white lightning, and cocaine-driven sweat rises from these marvelously atmospheric—and compelling—pages” (Kirkus Reviews).

A Knight of Another Sort

Reading Paul M. Angle's Bloody Williamson reinforced first impressions of a local gangster. In 1953, on the third floor of Hart's Department Store, which was located on the northwest corner of Harrisburg Square, I bought my copy of the ...

Author: Gary DeNeal

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809322176

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 275

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In 1913 Charlie Birger began his career as a bootlegger, supplying southern Illinois with whiskey and beer. He was charismatic, with an easygoing manner and a cavalier generosity that made him popular. The stuff of legend, he was part monster, part Robin Hood. In the early days, he would emerge from his restaurant/saloon in tiny Ledford in Saline County with a cigar box full of coins and throw handfuls in the air for the children. Echoing the consensus on Birger, an anonymous gang member called him "enigmatic," noting that "he had a wonderful quality, a heart of gold. There in Harrisburg sometimes he'd support twelve or fifteen families, buy coal, groceries. . . . [But] he had cold eyes, a killer's eyes. He would kill you for something somebody else would punch you in the nose for." Drawing from the colorful cast of the living, the dead, and the soon-to-be-dead—a state shared by many associated with Birger and his enemies, the Shelton gang—DeNeal re-creates Prohibition-era southern Illinois. He depicts the fatal shootout between S. Glenn Young and Ora Thomas, the battle on the Herrin Masonic Temple lawn in which six were slain and the Ku Klux Klan crushed, and the wounding of Williamson County state's attorney Arlie O. Boswell. As the gang wars escalated and the roster of corpses lengthened, the gangsters embraced technology. The Sheltons bombed Birger's roadhouse, Shady Rest, from a single-engine airplane. Both Birger and the Sheltons used armored vehicles to intimidate their enemies, and the chatter of machine gun fire grew common. The gang wars ended with massive arrests, trials, and convictions of gangsters who once had seemed invincible. Charlie Birger was convicted of the murder of West City mayor Joe Adams and sentenced to death. On April 19, 1928, he stood on the gallows looking down on the large crowd that had come to see him die. "It's a beautiful world," Birger said softly as he prepared to leave it.

Sense Of Place

Paul Angle, Bloody Williamson: A Chapter in American Lawlessness (New York: Knopf, 1952), 72. 7. Malcolm Brown and John Webb, Seven Stranded Coal Towns: A Study of a Depressed Area (Washington: GPO, 1941; repr., New York: DaCapo, 1971), ...

Author: Barbara Allen

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813158426

Category: Social Science

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Despite the homogenization of American life, areas of strong regional consciousness still persist in the United States, and there is a growing interest in regionalism among the public and among academics. In response to that interest ten folklorists here describe and interpret a variety of American regional cultures in the twentieth century. Their book is the first to deal specifically with regional culture and the first to employ the perspective of folklore in the study of regional identity and consciousness. The authors range widely over the United States, from the Eastern Shore to the Pacific Northwest, from the Southern Mountains to the Great Plains. They look at a variety of cultural expressions and practices -- legends, anecdotes, songs, foodways, architecture, and crafts. Tying their work together is a common consideration of how regional culture shapes and is shaped by the consciousness of living in a special place. In exploring this dimension of regional culture the authors consider the influence of natural environment and historical experience on the development of regional culture, the role of ethnicity in regional consciousness, the tensions between insiders and outsiders that stem from a sense of regional identity, and the changes in culture in response to social and economic change. With its focus on cultural manifestations and its folkloristic perspective this book provides a fresh and needed contribution to regional studies. Writ¬ten in a clear, readable style, it will appeal to general readers interested in American regions and their cultures. At the same time the research and analytical approach make it useful not only to folklorists but to cultural geographers, anthropologists, and other scholars of regional studies.

Labor Violence

You read the book , but we are not talking about anything that happened in the Bloody Williamson matter . That is just some comment you are making about something that you have heard about . Is that right ? Mr. MCINTYRE .

Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Labor and Human Resources

Publisher:

ISBN: PURD:32754076263569

Category: Extortion

Page: 508

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The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America

In the late 1860s, a family feud known as the Bloody Vendetta resulted in a spate of murders in Williamson County—the first in a long series of lawless tragedies that gave the county the nickname “BloodyWilliamson.

Author: Wilbur R. Miller

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781483305936

Category: History

Page: 2712

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Several encyclopedias overview the contemporary system of criminal justice in America, but full understanding of current social problems and contemporary strategies to deal with them can come only with clear appreciation of the historical underpinnings of those problems. Thus, this five-volume work surveys the history and philosophy of crime, punishment, and criminal justice institutions in America from colonial times to the present. It covers the whole of the criminal justice system, from crimes, law enforcement and policing, to courts, corrections and human services. Among other things, this encyclopedia: explicates philosophical foundations underpinning our system of justice; charts changing patterns in criminal activity and subsequent effects on legal responses; identifies major periods in the development of our system of criminal justice; and explores in the first four volumes - supplemented by a fifth volume containing annotated primary documents - evolving debates and conflicts on how best to address issues of crime and punishment. Its signed entries in the first four volumes--supplemented by a fifth volume containing annotated primary documents--provide the historical context for students to better understand contemporary criminological debates and the contemporary shape of the U.S. system of law and justice.

Sweet Greeks

See also Angle, Bloody Williamson. 29. Moore, “Historical Interpretations,” 353. 30. In 1925 a businessman from Marion (the county seat of Williamson County), John L. Whiteside was elected the “Great Titan of Province No.

Author: Ann Flesor Beck

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252052286

Category: Cooking

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Gus Flesor came to the United States from Greece in 1901. His journey led him to Tuscola, Illinois, where he learned the confectioner's trade and opened a business that still stands on Main Street. Sweet Greeks sets the story of Gus Flesor's life as an immigrant in a small town within the larger history of Greek migration to the Midwest. Ann Flesor Beck's charming personal account recreates the atmosphere of her grandfather's candy kitchen with its odors of chocolate and popcorn and the comings-and-goings of family members. "The Store" represented success while anchoring the business district of Gus's chosen home. It also embodied the Midwest émigré experience of chain migration, immigrant networking, resistance and outright threats by local townspeople, food-related entrepreneurship, and tensions over whether later generations would take over the business. An engaging blend of family memoir and Midwest history, Sweet Greeks tells how Greeks became candy makers to the nation, one shop at a time.

Herrin Massacre

For a moment I sat stunned in my recliner thinking my goodness, southern Illinois made the History Channel (albeit briefly) and I remembered I had a book about Williamson County. The book was called "Bloody Williamson" and it was ...

Author: Scott Doody

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 9781312744455

Category: History

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Twenty three men killed in Williamson County and the streets of Herrin, Illinois over a two day killing spree on June 21st and 22nd, 1922. The largest mass murder of non-union labor in the history of America. The event would become known around the world as The Herrin Massacre. Read about the toughest (deadliest) little city in America and the modern day hunt for the massacre victim's lost graves in the potter's field of the Herrin city cemetery. Written by Scott Doody, this four year adventure uncovers the ugly secret of what happens when a town buries their past so deep, it changes their future.