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Author Stokes, David R.

Title The shooting salvationist : J. Frank Norris and the murder trial that captivated America / David R. Stokes.

Publication Info. Hanover, N.H. : Steerforth Press, [2011]


Edition First edition.
Description xiv, 350 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [331]-339) and index.
Contents Foreword / Bob Schieffer -- Prologue -- "The outstanding fundamentalist of this country" -- "Charisma and the capacity to connect" -- "The awful curse that wrecked his father's life" -- "This fellow carries a broad axe and not a pearl handle knife" -- "A deliberate shift to sensationalized sermons" -- "What to do with Norris" -- "The Southwest was ready for the Klan" -- "John the Baptist was into politics" -- "The largest protestant church in America, a weekly paper and a radio network" -- "Is the city manager a czar?" -- "A deep laid conspiracy" -- "The grand champions of the Fort Worth Club" -- "The time was ripe for a full airing" -- "When the lid is taken off" -- "Mr. Meacham's record is well known" -- "If you do, I'll kill you" -- "Hello Chief, let's go" -- "Extra, extra, read all about it!" -- "God works His will in unusual ways" -- "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs" -- "All the symptoms of a paranoiac" -- "The shooting salvationist" -- "The inevitable tragedy that was forced upon the pastor" -- "The first law of all is the law of self-preservation" -- "No ordinary preacher of brotherly love" -- "With malice aforethought" -- "This war between heaven and hell" -- "The rulers of the darkness of this world" -- "A matchup between polar opposites" -- "Trying to influence the course of justice" -- "Moses versus Wild Bill" -- "There is no oposition to a graveyard" -- "A plea against hate and factionalism" -- "A civil action" -- "Perhaps I should withdraw that remark" -- "Apparent danger" -- "There is hate written all over the state's case" -- "I have killed me a man" -- "I'll come back" -- "It's a frame up!" -- "I will kill you!" -- "A worn, thumbed man" -- "Every wit is whetted to needle sharpness" -- "The defense calls Dr. J. Frank Norris" -- "As a man soweth, so shall he reap" -- "I hold in my hand a verdict" -- Epilogue
Summary Chronicles the trial of the Baptist fundamentalist, who in a moment of violence, killed the Dexter Elliott Chipps in his church office.
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." In a moment of violence one sweltering Saturday in July, Norris 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. Learn about this 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.
Subject Norris, J. Frank (John Frank), 1877-1952.
First Baptist Church (Fort Worth, Tex.) -- History.
Baptists -- United States -- Clergy -- Biography.
Trials (Murder) -- Texas -- Fort Worth.
Fundamentalism -- United States -- History.
Trials (Homicide) -- Texas -- Fort Worth.
Religious fundamentalism -- United States -- History.
Fort Worth (Tex.) -- Church history.
ISBN 9781586421861 alkaline paper
1586421867 alkaline paper

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