I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang! (Brown Thrasher by Robert Burns, Matthew Mancini

By Robert Burns, Matthew Mancini

I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang! is the superb precise tale of 1 man's look for which means, fall from grace, and eventual victory over injustice.

In 1921, Robert E. Burns used to be a shell-shocked and penniless veteran who stumbled on himself on the mercy of Georgia's barbaric penal procedure whilst he fell in with a gang of petty thieves. Sentenced to 6 to 10 years' challenging hard work for his half in a theft that netted below $6.00, Burns was once shackled to a county chain gang. After 4 months of backbreaking paintings, he made a bold get away, dodging shotgun blasts, racing via swamps, and eluding bloodhounds on his means north.

For seven years Burns lived as a loose guy. He married and have become a wealthy Chicago businessman and writer. whilst he fell in love with one other lady, even if, his jealous spouse grew to become him in to the police, who arrested him as a fugitive from justice. even supposing he was once promised lenient therapy and a short pardon, he was once again on a sequence gang inside a month. Undaunted, Burns did the very unlikely and escaped a moment time, this time to New Jersey. He used to be nonetheless a hunted guy residing in hiding while this e-book was once first released in 1932.

The publication and its motion picture model, nominated for a most sensible photo Oscar in 1933, surprised the area via exposing Georgia's brutal therapy of prisoners. I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang! is a bold and heartbreaking booklet, an odyssey of misfortune, love, betrayal, experience, and, primarily, the unshakable braveness and internal power of the fugitive himself.

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I told him I came to ask his help in securing a pardon for my brother. He fixed me with a cold gray eye. "Your brother is a criminal," he said. "We have given him the sentence that he deserves, for highway robbery. Sentiment has nothing to do with it. We are going to give him what he deserves as a menace to society. " And John Boykin swung around in his swivel chair, and I walked from that office with a chilled and aching heart. My mother decided to remain in Georgia to be near my brother, still hoping that the Governor would keep his promise.

I went again to Washington. Also I secured affidavits from old friends who knew my brother from childhood and incidentally sought help from a number of prominent citizens of both North and South. Our effort to get justice for Robert E. Burns cost our family five thousand dollars and innumerable trips all over the country. I myself made two trips to Chicago, three trips to Atlanta, two trips to Washington, D. , two trips to Trenton, N. , one trip to Raleigh, N. , from Atlanta, and many, many calls on persons in New York and New Jersey.

And there we were; Flagg, Moore, and I, arguing on East Pryor Street, at nine o'clock in the morning—me trying to find a way out, and Flagg insisting I go through with it. Finally I decided to go; leave them and go my own way. At this, Flagg remarked, "You see that man talking to that woman on the porch across the street? Well, they have seen us all together, and while you are walking away Moore and I are going in and pull the job. " I looked across the street and there was a salesman of 44 I Am A fugitive some kind talking to a woman on the porch.

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