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Lay This Body Down: The 1921 Murders of Eleven Plantation Slaves

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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 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 true story unfolds, each detail seems more 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.

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The John Williams plantation in Georgia was operated largely with the labor of slaves--not surprising, except that the year was 1921, 56 years after the Civil War. Williams was not alone in using "peons, " poor blacks bailed out of local jails, but his reaction to a federal investigation was unbelievable. He decided to destroy the evidence, to kill 11 black men who could testify to the situation.

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Gregory A. Freeman is the author of Sailors to the End and has written for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He lives in Roswell, Georgia.

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Ryan Davis, October 25, 2006 (view all comments by Ryan Davis)
Sometimes history can be hard on you.
This book is a very revealing look into America's racial past with much to say about its future, especially if we are not responsible with how and what we teach about history.
Gregory Freeman writes objectively, without being sterile, about slavery, SLAVERY, almost 60 years after its abolition. He writes about a common system by which African Amricans were reduced to the kind of slavery two generations behind them, or so they thought.
At a time when our President (Wilson) was a dyed-in-the-wool-racist , and Black veterans of WWI were lynched and Black communities were burned to the ground; at the height of Ku Klux Klan enrollment; after only a little more than a decade of the NAACP and the very beginning of the Harlem Renaissance this was happening in Georgia and in less extreme cases (maybe) in states all over the South. The most revealing book I have read this year.
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ISBN:
9781556524479
Author:
Freeman, Gregory A.
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press
Location:
814 N. FRANKLIN ST.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Trials (Murder)
Subject:
History/Politics
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
HIS036120
Subject:
Manning, Clyde
Subject:
Williams, John S
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20020731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in 0.50 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The John Williams plantation in Georgia was operated largely with the labor of slaves--not surprising, except that the year was 1921, 56 years after the Civil War. Williams was not alone in using "peons, " poor blacks bailed out of local jails, but his reaction to a federal investigation was unbelievable. He decided to destroy the evidence, to kill 11 black men who could testify to the situation.
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