On the morning of March 21, 1981, the body of 19-year-old Michael Donald was found hanging from a tree in Mobile, Alabama. The years that followed saw the conviction of his two killers, and a civil case brought by Donald’s mother that bankrupted the largest Klan organization in the United States.
In this episode of the Modern Law Library, we speak with Laurence Leamer about his new book on the case, The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle that Brought Down the Klan. He shares details about how and why Donald was killed; what became of his killers; and how the case also brought Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center into greater national prominence.
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