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Book Review: 'The Eyes of Willie McGee' by Alex Heard

Book Review: 'The Eyes of Willie McGee' by Alex Heard

The Eyes of Willie McGee A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South Alex Heard Harper: 404 pp., $26.99 In Jim Crow's dark closet, countless skeletons lie moldering and forgotten. For every "cold case" prosecution that brings a doddering ex-Klansman to trial, dozens more victims await their journey down the long "arc of justice." Now, another tragedy has come to light through the diligent detective work of author Alex Heard. When Willie McGee was executed in 1951, the civil-rights movement was just starting to stir. "Whites only" signs still littered the South. Segregation seemed likely to prevail, as George Wallace would proclaim, today,...

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