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by Marvin Dunn
“Marvin Dunn has written an important chronicle of the most disturbing, yet little-known, racial atrocities in Florida history. The Beast in Florida is a catalog of the underbelly of Florida—a lineage of race riots, lynchings, and cold-blooded murder that is as much a part of the Sunshine State as bathing beauties, palm trees, and alligators.”—Ben Green, author of Before His Time: The Untold Story of Harry T Moore, America’s First Civil Rights Martyr
When we teach our children about the horrors of the past, we do so in the hope that exposing the true nature of these atrocities will deter future generations from repeating them. This is Marvin Dunn’s impetus in writing this book, an unflinching and haunting look at the dark past of the Sunshine State. A symbolic embodiment of racial violence and hatred, “The Beast” openly prowled the nation between the Civil War and the civil rights movement. It reared its head for a variety of reasons—psychological, political, and economic—but the outcome was always brutal and often deadly. As we are reminded all too frequently, the Beast is not gone; it is merely bound up, waiting to loosen its chains.
A Florida native, Dunn has lived through many of the events described in this book and writes with an insider’s perspective that adds valuable insight to the historical record.
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