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incident at ashton coverIncident at Ashton

by Jay Milner

320 pages, 6 x 9 • Cloth $29.95
ISBN 978-0-87565-652-6


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Republished with a foreword by John Tisdale, director of TCU’s School of Journalism, the late Jay Milner’s novel is a riveting portrayal of a scenario that unhappily mirrored real-life incidents throughout the South in the mid-twentieth century.


In Ashton, a fictional town in the deep South, an elderly black man walks into the courthouse one day and makes a simple request. He wants to register to vote. At first the clerk is confused. Never before in the town’s history had a Negro displayed such arrogance. The clerk tries to discourage him, but the old man is adamant. A few days later they pull his body from the river, a gaping wound in his head. Only a few years earlier, this incident would have gone practically unnoticed in Ashton. But that time has passed. Phil Arrow, a young newspaperman, demands a full measure of justice from the people of his town.


Born in Colorado Springs and raised in Lubbock, Texas, author JAY MILNER obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Mississippi Southern College. He began working on newspapers in the South in 1952, a career that included a two-year stint with Hodding Carter’s Delta Democrat-Times. He covered gubernatorial and senatorial races and reported on many of the major racial incidents that occurred in the South in the twentieth century.