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Review: 'Detroit: A Biography' by Scott Martelle sees ruin, hope
Review: 'Detroit: A Biography' by Scott Martelle sees ruin, hope

Detroit: A Biography Scott Martelle Chicago Review Press: 288 pp., $24.95 In February 1863, Thomas Faulkner, a Detroit saloon owner of mixed-race background, was arrested on the charge of raping a 9-year-old white girl. Despite his protestations of innocence, Faulkner was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The Civil War-era incident incited a white mob to burn 35 homes, kill at least two black people and injure numerous others. It's a chilling story — all the more so because there was no rape. The witnesses recanted, and Faulkner was pardoned "after serving seven years in prison for a crime that never happened," Scott Martelle writes in "Detroit: A...

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