People Wasn't Made to Burn by Joe Allen
A True Story of Housing, Race, and Murder in Chicago

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In 1947, James Hickman shot and killed the landlord he believed was responsible for a tragic fire that took the lives of four of his children on Chicago’s West Side. But a vibrant defense campaign, exposing the working poverty and racism that led to his crime, helped win Hickman’s freedom.

With a true-crime writer’s eye for suspense and a historian’s depth of knowledge, Joe Allen unearths the compelling story of a campaign that stood up to Jim Crow well before the modern civil rights movement had even begun.

As deteriorating housing conditions and an accelerating foreclosure crisis combine to form a hauntingly similar set of circumstances to those that led to the Hickman case, Allen’s book restores to prominence a previously unknown story with profound relevance today.

About Joe Allen

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Joe Allen is a frequent contributor to theInternational Socialist Reviewand a long-standing social justice fighter, involved in the ongoing struggles for labor, abolition of the death penalty, and against the Iraq war.
Published July 26, 2011 by Haymarket Books. 226 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Non-fiction

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