By Paul M. Angle

it is a horror tale of local American violence. It includes a grim lesson for the total nation. Political doctrines have performed no half within the violence and homicide that experience introduced a lot sick popularity to 1 nook of Illinois. at the map, Williamson is simply one other county. yet in heritage it's a position within which a wierd disorder has raged for greater than 80 years—a illness marked via a pathological tendency to settle adjustments by way of force.
     Fascinated by way of this, Paul M. attitude, the well known historian, got down to become aware of what rather had occurred. via huge, immense learn he has been capable of reconstruct the full tale in all its terrible, scarifying element. utilizing the easiest strategies of reportage, with out editorializing, with no subjective colour, he has produced a story past mind's eye. It starts off with the "Bloody Vendetta," a feud that rampaged within the 1870s. It bargains with labor's good fortune in organizing coal mines in southern Illinois, an affair that two times blew up in violence. It covers the Herrin bloodbath of 1922—perhaps the main surprising episode within the heritage of prepared exertions during this country—and the next trials. The Ku Klux Klan presents fabric for 4 chapters that come to a climax in a deadly duel among the Klan and its competitors. And it ends with the tale of the crowd battle among Charlie Birger and the Shelton brothers. it's a story to shake the main phlegmatic reader.

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