From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry

From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Galvanized the Asian American Movement

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America in 1982: Japanese car companies are on the rise and believed to be putting U.S. autoworkers out of their jobs. Anti-Asian American sentiment simmers, especially in Detroit. A bar fight turns fatal, leaving a Chinese American man, Vincent Chin, beaten to death at the hands of two white men, autoworker Ronald Ebens and his stepson, Michael Nitz.

Paula Yoo has crafted a searing examination of the killing and the trial and verdicts that followed. When Ebens and Nitz pled guilty to manslaughter and received only a $3,000 fine and three years' probation, the lenient sentence sparked outrage. The protests that followed led to a federal civil rights trial-the first involving a crime against an Asian American-and galvanized what came to be known as the Asian American movement.

Extensively researched from court transcripts, contemporary news accounts, and in-person interviews with key participants, From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry is a suspenseful, nuanced, and authoritative portrait of a pivotal moment in civil rights history, and a man who became a symbol against hatred and racism.

Book information

ISBN: 9781324002871
Publisher: Norton Young Readers
Imprint: Norton Young Readers
Pub date:
DEWEY: 305.895073
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: cm
Weight: 902g
Height: 239mm
Width: 163mm
Spine width: 25mm