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The Sweet Trials, Race, and Self-Defense

Lecture no. 8 from the course: Liberty on Trial in America: Cases That Defined Freedom

The Sweet Trials, Race, and Self-Defense

Taught by Professor Douglas O. Linder | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

In 1925, Dr. Ossian Sweet, an African American, bought a home for his family in a white neighborhood of Detroit. When a white crowd gathered around the house and violence broke out, one member of the crowd was killed. Police charged everyone in the Sweet home with premeditated murder. Explore Clarence Darrow’s defense, and what the trial revealed about American society at that time.

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