Honor Killing

Honor Killing

How the Infamous "Massie Affair" Transformed Hawai'i

Book - 2005
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Their moral courage in the face of injustice united the disparate elements of the islands' Hawaiian and Asian communities and laid the foundation for what became one of the most stunning political turnarounds in American history: the overthrow of the longstanding white oligarchy. Riveting, richly detailed, and written with authority and grace, Honor Killing is both a gripping true-crime story and a pathbreaking work of social history. Book jacket.
their political aftermath, he shows how, even in the face of a powerful cabal of corrupt military leaders and corporate magnates, a small group of courageous people-attorneys, jurors, a judge, a single newspaper editor, and the falsely accused men themselves-refused to be cowed.
The Massie trial was Darrow's last case. Its daily progress commanded the front pages of the nation's press, and it remains today one of America's most sensational courtroom dramas. But David Stannard's account reaches beyond the headlines. With access to scores of personal letters, medical records, trial documents, and unpublished interviews, Stannard reveals the surprising private lives and disquieting motivations of all the main players. Re-creating the dramatic courtroom clashes and
justifiable lynching and an "honor killing," while the American public rose up almost as one-to support the killers. In the spectacularly publicized trial that followed, the country's greatest criminal lawyer, Clarence Darrow-for his largest fee ever-sailed to the islands to defend the lynchers, a sad ending to a noble career.
It was against this background that Thalia Massie, the wan, aristocratic wife of a naval officer stationed at Pearl Harbor, accused five nonwhite young men of gang rape. The ensuing trial brought out the best and the worst in Hawai'i's citizenry, but the case against the suspects was weak and the trial ended in a hung jury. Outraged, Thalia's husband and socialite mother arranged the kidnapping and murder of one of the suspects, Joseph Kahahawai. The national press described it as a
urban slums.
The Hawai'i of 1931, for most Americans, was a balmy haven of green mountains and white sand beaches, the floral "Paradise of the Pacific" to which movie stars and millionaires traveled for romance and recreation. Less famously, it was a forcibly annexed U.S. territory controlled by the military and a white supremacist oligarchy. The overwhelming majority of its residents were native Hawaiians and Asians who toiled on plantations for near-slave wages or filled Honolulu's crowded, restless
Publisher: New York, NY : Viking, c2005
ISBN: 0670033995
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 STA
Characteristics: ix, 466 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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