<I>Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America</i> <br>By Cynthia Carr <I><br>Crown. $35.95</i>
Its a famous photograph that once seen, you never forget: A crowd of white people, captured in a nighttime flash, mills about as though at a parade or a concert; hanging above them are the mutilated bodies of two black men. The picture was taken in 1930 in Marion, the small Indiana farming town where Cynthia Carr would later visit her grandparents. Its power lies in the contrast between the blithe faces of the spectators and the evil destruction theyd come to witness. The photograph becomes the central mysterynd motivating force behind Our Town.