Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age - Chapter 8 "The Prodigal Son" Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 8 "The Prodigal Son" Summary

James Weldon Johnson responds to Darrow's offer. Darrow, he finds, is in New York and they arrange a meeting with him. Later that day, Johnson, White and Arthur Springarn meet with Darrow. Springarn, head of the NAACP National Legal Committee, presents the facts of the case at the meeting. Darrow agrees to take the case. The fees of Darrow and Hay are minimal but more than the NAACP has available. The board has to approve the expense. White travels to Detroit to secure the agreement of Mahoney, Perry and Rowlette, who welcome Darrow and Hays. White smoothes things over with the local branch and with Rev. Gomez and when he leaves Detroit for Chicago, they are a united front. On Thursday, October 15, Johnson announces that Darrow and Hays are the lead defense attorneys in the...

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