Lay This Body Down The 1921 Murders of Eleven Plantation Slaves Book ¿ 224 pages

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Lay This Body Down The 1921 Murders of Eleven Plantation Slaves Book ¿ 224 pages è The John S Williams plantation in Georgia was operated largely with the labor of slaves—and this was in 1921 56 years after the Civil War Williams was not alone in using “peons” but his reaction to a federal invTo a federal investigation was almost unbelievable he decided to destroy the evidence Enlisting the aid of his trusted black farm boss Clyde Manning he began methodically killing his slaves As this Lay This Body Down The 1921 Murders of Eleven Plantation Slaves by Gregory A Freeman Lawrence Hill Books 19993641523 This is a truly appalling but well documented account of the peonage system in Georgia post Civil War in Newton and Lawrence Counties Monticello and the surrounding area south of Athens The author meticulously assembles the account of one farmer’s murder of eleven black laborers who had been held as virtual slaves in servitude after the Civil War The farmer cold bloodedly slew all eleven to avoid being brought up on federal charges for continuing the peonage system As unbelievable as this seems the whole sordid tale was well documented by the Atlanta Journal Constitution My rating 6510 finished 2008 I paid 400 for my used copy from McKay's 10817 HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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True story unfolds each detail seems shocking and surprises continue in the aftermath with a sensational trial galvanizing the nation and marking a turning point in the treatment of black Americans A compelling account of a terrible episode in Georgia history During the 1920s the peonage system kept poor African Americans in conditions in some ways worse than slavery A visit from Federal agents investigating a report of peonage led John Williams in Jasper County Georgia to kill 11 men who had been forced to work on his farm He was tried in Newton County and convicted based on the testimony of the African American overseer who he forced to commit most of the murders

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Lay This Body Down The 1921 Murders of Eleven Plantation SlavesThe John S Williams plantation in Georgia was operated largely with the labor of slaves and this was in 1921 56 years after the Civil War Williams was not alone in using “peons” but his reaction Gregory Freeman's exhumation of the notorious slave farm murders of 1921 Georgia is an engrossing look at a largely forgotten atrocity whose implications reach beyond its time and place For those complacent souls who smugly lecture other societies for crimes against humanity while insisting it can't happen here this all too true story is a reminder that it has happened here; and you can make such ignorant statements only because of the Orwellian memory hole that consumes so much of the American pastOther authors have addressed this theme most notably Douglas Blackmon in Slavery By Another Name Here Mr Freeman not only reconstructs the context of peonage in a personal example but seeks to understand the mentality behind it of perpetrators victims and those caught between like Clyde Manning Revealing also is that a society that could tolerate much cruelty and oppression as long as it was conveniently tucked out of sight was finally forced to do the right thing when this case revealingly mirrored the evils such negligence perpetratedBut this story is than the gruesome recollection of bygone days in the Old South It also examines the entrapment of those who implement inhumanity The ruling at Nuremberg notoriously mandated no one was obligated to follow cruel or unjust orders but did not specify how accomplices and collaborators could avoid the same fate for disobedience One thinks of ghetto collaborators in occupied Europe the sense of terror and hopelessness those executing policies and persons may have felt in doing so That Georgia court of 90 years ago resolved the dilemma in the only way I think any of us could to find Clyde Manning guilty but spare his life as a recognition of his moral dilemma Tellingly Mr Johnny Williams the fuehrer of the murder farm was spared because of his race and social standing even if his case seems remote now its tradition endures in the American justice system