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Blood In Their Eyes - Grif Stockley

Blood In Their Eyes

Paperback Published: 1st July 2004
ISBN: 9781557287724
Number Of Pages: 264

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Winner of the 2002 Booker Worthen Literary Prize

American Association of State and Local History Award 2003

In late September 1919, black sharecroppers met to protest unfair settlements for their cotton crops from white plantation owners. Local law enforcement broke up the union's meeting, and the next day a thousand white men from the Delta—and troops of the U.S. Army itself—converged on Phillips County, Arkansas, to "put down" the black sharecroppers' "insurrection." In riveting, novelistic prose, writer and Delta native Grif Stockley considers the evidence and tells the full story of this incident for the first time, concluding that black people were murdered in Elaine by white mobs and federal soldiers. Five white men died as a result of the conflict; contemporary estimates of African American deaths ranged from 20 to an even more horrifying 856. White officials jailed hundreds of black workers, torturing some of them. Twelve black men were charged with first-degree murder. Their legal battles lasted six years, but national and local silence has persisted much longer.

Stockley takes on this silence and shows that it resulted from sustained official efforts to convince the public that only blacks who had resisted lawful authority were killed. He shows too that it is part of a larger silence in which the fear and terror that were the daily staples of the African American experience have been summed up all too easily in the term "Jim Crow" in a failure to fully confront the anguish of the period.

"Blood in Their Eyes is a relentless examination of one of the bloodiest American racial repressions of the 20th century. In retelling the story of the Elaine massacres of 1919 with moral fervor and canny reinterpretation of sources, Grif Stockley has written a study of collective barbarism in real time that deepens our knowledge of the psychodynamics of white supremacy."
--David Levering Lewis, Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author of W. E. B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race, 1868-1919 and W. E. B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Chronology of Eventsp. xxiii
Charles Hillman Brough's Midnight Train Ridep. 3
The Law of the Deltap. 19
The Boys from Camp Pikep. 34
A Committee of Sevenp. 61
More Than One Versionp. 80
Little Rock and New York: An Uneasy Alliancep. 92
The Trials Beginp. 106
Colonel Murphy for the Defensep. 138
The Retrials of the Ware Defendantsp. 151
The Changing of the Guardp. 176
Affidavits from Unlikely Sourcesp. 192
Moore v. Dempsey: A Supreme Victoryp. 208
Scipio Jones Takes Chargep. 223
Notesp. 235
A Note on Sourcesp. 257
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9781557287724
ISBN-10: 1557287724
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43