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Violence

Sam Cayhall was a violent man. He descended from a family of mean and physical men who were known to fight often, even at highly inappropriate times such as funerals. Sam was raised just as the seeds for the civil rights movement were sown. As a child, he watched blacks being mistreated and was taught that such treatment was acceptable and even condoned. He participated in lynchings and murders. Some of these crimes were for revenge, while others were strictly racial in nature. As an adult raising a young family, Sam perpetuated this cycle of violence that had been taught to him. Then came the civil rights movement, and by the time Sam faced his third trial for the Kramer bombing, American society had progressed. Racial inequality was no longer acceptable. While Sam admitted to being violent toward others, he also insisted that he had not intended to...

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