Blood in Their Eyes: The Elaine Race Massacres Of 1919

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"In late September 1919, black sharecroppers met in Elaine, Arkansas, to protest unfair settlements for their cotton crops from white plantation owners. Local law enforcement broke up their meeting, and the next day a thousand white men from the Delta - and troops of the U. S. Army - converged on the area." "The result was a massacre. Contemporary estimates of African American deaths ranged from 20 to an even more horrifying 856. And white officials jailed hundreds of black workers, torturing some of them. Yet it was twelve black men who were charged with first-degree murder. The official story was that only blacks who had resisted lawful authority were killed, that white defenders had to "put down" the black sharecroppers' "insurrection."" Grif Stockley tells the full story of this incident for the first time. Also a lawyer, he weighs the evidence in letters, interviews, newspapers, and trial transcripts. He makes a clear and powerful case that white mobs and federal soldiers murdered black citizens of Elaine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557287724
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 951,376
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Chronology of Events
Ch. 1 Charles Hillman Brough's Midnight Train Ride 3
Ch. 2 The Law of the Delta 19
Ch. 3 The Boys from Camp Pike 34
Ch. 4 A Committee of Seven 61
Ch. 5 More Than One Version 80
Ch. 6 Little Rocks and New York: An Uneasy Alliance 92
Ch. 7 The Trials Begin 106
Ch. 8 Colonel Murphy for the Defense 138
Ch. 9 The Retrials of the Ware Defendants 151
Ch. 10 The Changing of the Guard 176
Ch. 11 Affidavits from Unlikely Sources 192
Ch. 12 Moore v. Dempsey: A Supreme Victory 208
Ch. 13 Scipio Jones Takes Charge 223
Notes 235
A Note on Sources 257
Index 259
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