The Shooting Salvationist: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Bob Schieffer

The Shooting Salvationist: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America

Steerforth Press
Publication date: July 2011
ISBN: 9781586421892
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The Shooting Salvationist chronicles what may be the most famous story you have never heard. In the 1920’s, the Reverend J. Frank Norris railed against vice and conspiracies he saw everywhere to a congregation of more than 10,000 at First Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, the largest congregation in America, the first “megachurch.” Norris controlled a radio station, a tabloid newspaper and a valuable tract of land in downtown Fort Worth. Constantly at odds with the oil boomtown’s civic leaders, he aggressively defended his activism, observing, “John the Baptist was into politics.”

Following the death of William Jennings Bryan, Norris was a national figure poised to become the leading fundamentalist in America. This changed, however, in a moment of violence one sweltering Saturday in July when he shot and killed an unarmed man in his church office. Norris was indicted for murder and, if convicted, would be executed in the state of Texas’ electric chair.

At a time when newspaper wire services and national retailers were unifying American popular culture as never before, Norris’ murder trial was front page news from coast to coast. Set during the Jazz Age, when Prohibition was the law of the land, The Shooting Salvationist leads to a courtroom drama pitting some of the most powerful lawyers of the era against each other with the life of a wildly popular, and equally loathed, religious leader hanging in the balance.

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A Story we've heard before but never like this!

This is a story that we have all heard of and I felt I probably couldn't learn anything new about it. How wrong was I?! Most of the information in the book was new to me, and even when it wasn't I felt completely compelled and engrossed in the book. There is a large amount of information about the trial, which in normal circumstance I might find boring but this particular trial is so fascinating and fast paced that it is impossible to draw your attention away. The book is pricey but well worth the money!
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