The Algiers Motel Incident

The Algiers Motel Incident

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On the night of July 25-26, 1967, during the racially charged 12th Street Riot, three black men were killed and nine other people brutally beaten by, as John Hersey describes it , an "aggregate of Detroit police, Michigan State Troopers, National Guardsmen, and private guards who had been directed to the scene." Responding to a telephoned report of sniping, the police group invaded the Algiers Motel and interrogated ten black men and two white women, none of whom were armed, for an hour. By the time the interrogators left, three men had been shot to death and the others, including the women, beaten.
Publisher: Baltimore ; London : The Johns Hopkins University Press, [1998]
Copyright Date: ©1968
©1998, introduction,
ISBN: 9780801857775 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0801857775 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 977.434043 HER
Characteristics: xx, 397 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Sugrue, Thomas J. 1962-


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Nov 21, 2017

In 1967, Detroit police, security guards, and national guardsmen responded to reports of a sniper at a slightly disreputable hotel called the Algiers. By the end of the night, 3 black teenagers were dead and 9 other hotel occupants were badly beaten. No one was convicted. Writer John Hersey, best known for "Hiroshima," puts together a collage of the events, drawing from interviews, court records, newspaper reports, and other sources. He doesn't make much of an effort to organize all the information and it could use a little more context, but it's a vital book about a shocking event that anyone who cares about race relations in this country should read. The recent film "Detroit" is based on the same events.


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