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Lightning Men

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Thomas Mullen’s sequel to 2015’s Darktown sees Negro officers Boggs and Smith back on the beat in Atlanta’s black quarter, battling petty criminals even as they battle the racism and hatred of their colleagues. Local Klan members are doing their best to keep African Americans out of traditionally white neighbourhoods, and they’re being joined by a group called the Lightning Men, who leave signs around town telling Negroes to get out – signs complete with SS-style lightning bolts. As the tensions mount, the line between their jobs and their private lives for the officers gets harder to identify in this must-read examination of 1950s America. Read our full review here.

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