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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-11-07 07:51 PM
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84. More on "Torn From The Land" More of the series is found here.

One excerpt: Land Ownership Made Blacks Targets of Violence and Murder

As a little girl, Doria Dee Johnson often asked about the man in the portrait hanging in an aunt's living room her great-great-grandfather. "It's too painful," her elderly relatives would say, and they would look away.
A few years ago, Johnson, now 40, went to look for answers in the rural town of Abbeville, S.C.

She learned that in his day, the man in the portrait, Anthony P. Crawford, was one of the most prosperous farmers in Abbeville County. That is, until Oct. 21, 1916 the day the 51-year-old farmer hauled a wagon-load of cotton to town.

Crawford "seems to have been the type of negro who is most offensive to certain elements of the white people," Mrs. J.B. Holman would say a few days later in a letter published by The Abbeville Press and Banner. "He was getting rich, for a negro, and he was insolent along with it."

Crawford's prosperity had made him a target.

The success of blacks such as Crawford threatened the reign of white supremacy, said Stewart E. Tolnay, a sociologist at the University of Washington and co-author of a book on lynchings. "There were obvious limitations, or ceilings, that blacks weren't supposed to go beyond."

Poster's Note: Then, like now, there is a limit to what black people are supposed to be able to do. Any questions--just look in of the race topics in GD.

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