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Author Freeman, Gregory A., author.

Title Lay this body down : the 1921 murders of eleven plantation slaves / Gregory A. Freeman. [Axis 360 electronic resource]

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. [s.l.] : Chicago Review Press, 2002.
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Description 1 online resource.
Contents Cover; Copyright; Contents; Chapter 1 -- ""Don't Throw Me Over""; Chapter 2 -- ""When I First Remember Myself, I Was in Jasper County""; Chapter 3 -- ""The River Was Full of Dead Negroes""; Chapter 4 -- ""You Lying Scoundrel, You""; Chapter 5 -- ""I Hate to Do It""; Chapter 6 -- ""I'll Go, Mr. Johnny""; Chapter 7 -- ""Don't Make No Miss Lick""; Chapter 8 -- ""I Believe Clyde Can Tell You All About It""; Chapter 9 -- ""Things Were Sort of Bad on the Williams Place""; Chapter 10 -- ""He Wanted to Look Good Because He Was Going Home""; Chapter 11 -- ""Before God, I Am as Innocent as a Man Can Be""
Chapter 12 -- ""This Is the Spirit of Justice in Georgia""Chapter 13 -- ""There Was Fear Among the Hands""; Chapter 14 -- ""Stand Up, Clyde""; Epilogue; Conclusion; Back Cover.
Summary 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.
Subject Manning, Clyde.
Williams, John S.
History / United States / State & Local / South (al, Ar, Fl, Ga, Ky, La, Ms, Nc, Sc, Tn, Va, Wv)
Biography & Autobiography / Criminals & Outlaws.
Murder -- Georgia -- Jasper County -- Case studies.
African Americans -- Crimes against -- Georgia -- Jasper County -- Case studies.
Plantation workers -- Crimes against -- Georgia -- Jasper County -- Case studies.
Trials (Murder) -- Georgia -- Jasper County -- Case studies.
Peonage -- Georgia -- Jasper County.
Genre Electronic books.
ISBN 9781569766866
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