Ripples of a Lie
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The trial of the century did not involve a celebrity or well known public figure. The trial of the century centered around a man with character and integrity unmatched by most men. When the American Legion attacked the union hall in Centralia, Washington on November 19, 1919, it was the first time in history the union men fought back, leaving four soldiers dead. Innocent and unarmed, union man Eugene Barnett stood in the window of the hotel next door, a witness who could not be allowed to talk. "We know you had nothing to do with this," the prosecutor said, "but unless you keep your mouth shut, we're gonna send you up." Barnett had an extraordinary life through a turbulent time in our nation's history. Because of his willingness to sacrifice his life and freedom, every American has been touched by his contributions to our nation's history. Laws, beliefs and lives were transformed by his strength in doing what he believed was right -- to tell the truth. This is the... More > true story of Eugene Barnett.< Less
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Jul 18, 2015I highly recommend reading Ripples of a Lie. This book captivated my interest, from beginning to end. It made me very thankful for the era that I was born into. I am in awe of the author and her 30 years of research and writing in this effort to disclose the true facts of the character, the incredible life and the many years of unjust imprisonment of her father, Eugene Barnett, and the undue suffering of his family after he was framed and convicted of murder in this horrendous attack and judicial conspiracy of 1919. Eugene Barnett will ever be regarded as a hero in my eyes. Although this tragedy took place in the small town of Centralia, WA, in 1919, Barnett’s courage, beliefs and efforts to achieve fair labor practices and laws have benefited our entire nation and are still being enjoyed today. Most workers today have no idea of the sacrifices made for them by past generations. This book should be required reading in history classes all across our land. It is certainly a valuable... More > record of our history.< Less
Jun 11, 2013This is a very significant book that chronicles the lives of people which were touched by the Centralia tragedy. It provides a real-life example of the fact that labor unions are an essential ingredient of a civil, democratic society, yesterday, today and tomorrow. I believe that any rational and reasonably fair-minded person would reach that conclusion after reading this book. Herein one can find the best and the worst of the American experience -- complete with heroism, cowardice, greed, generosity, hate, compassion, and, in the case especially of the central figure, Eugene Barnett, an extraordinarily indomitable and indefatigable spirit.
Mar 30, 2011Not just a good book a great book I shed a tear at the end! Living in Tenino just a few mile away from Centralia an x logger for Weyerheauser union member of the IWA international wook workers union in the 80's and now a union Ironworker for 24 years I allways ask about what happened and just got hearsay. Curtis Gibson
Jan 29, 2011This book was fantastic. It exposes the truth about what happened in Centralia on November 19th, 1919. I think it's a great opportunity for people to understand one of the most misunderstood events in history. I hope many people read this and learn the reality of many of the situations Eugene Barnett faced as a child, a young man and a wrongly accused victim of a tainted justice system. I would recommend this book - it is well written and informative. Buy it today it is worth reading.
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- Esther Barnett Goffinet (Standard Copyright License)
- Esther Barnett Goffinet
- January 27, 2011
- Hardcover (dust-jacket)
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.62 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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