Michael Fedo

The Lynchings in Duluth

"This account of racial violence in the early twentieth century is a genuinely startling and illuminating contribution to our understanding of racial justice in the United States in the twenty-first. Many Americans have found it convenient to think that episodes like this come only from the Jim Crow-era Deep South. The Lynchings in Duluth is a powerful reminder of the broader American pattern." James Fallows, The Atlantic

Reviews:


"A chilling reconstruction of a racial tragedy . . .Combing hour-by-hour, day-by-day narrative with expert scholarship based on interviews, suppressed documents and news reports, Fedo skillfully portrays Northern prejudice and violence. Without preaching or condemning, he makes readers firsthand witnesses to fear and injustice." --Los Angeles Times

"The tense book punches out a story of devastating fury. . . . Fedo has put his sharpest reportorial skills to work in resurrecting a little known racial atrocity. . . . As pointed as a Klansmanís cap, this book conveys the horror of mob action -- and the disturbing truth that it knows no region."--Milwaukee Journal

"(Fedoís) book is a painstaking, sober account of the events surrounding the lynchings. . . . What is so chilling, as Fedo shows in his reconstruction of events, is that events happened so quickly . . . . and at a time when there was no television and the automobile and radio were in their infancy, a crowd estimated between 5,000, and 10,000 people gathered, stormed the jail, and took three young men.. . ."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

Selected Works

Fiction
"This slender volume is an exercise in humor writing of a kind one rarely finds these days." Omaha World-Herald. From the beginning the book is chock full of laughs and chuckles, which I attribute to Fedo's gifted creativity in his use of words and word pictures." Star Astrologer Books 5 Stars "This book is non-stop laughs!" Huntress Reviews "(Fedo) has written a madcap honey." Dave Wood, syndicated book columnist "(Fedo) has a sharp eye for humor and parody. . . . He gives us a number of comical debacles, amnd some wonderfjul Dickensian caricature." Whistling Shade
Memoir
"A memoir, with a smattering of local history, Fedoís collection will engage any reader with his fond and frank reminiscences of family life combined with vivid recollections of his native Duluth as it once was and, in many ways, still is. Thoroughly enjoyable." -- Jim Heffernan, author of Cooler Near the Lake: Fifty-two Favorites from Thirty-four Years of Deadlines
by Henry Wood, as told to Michael Fedo
A glimpse into a forgotten era of popular entertainment.
Nonfiction
The story of the June 15, 1920 lynching of three black men in Duluth, Minnesota.

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