Lay This Body Down

Lay This Body Down

The 1921 Murder of Eleven Plantation Slaves

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
Reviving a 1921 murder investigation that horrified the nation and marked a sea change in the treatment of black Americans, a gripping new book revisits the John Williams plantation in Georgia--a farmstead where poor black men were bailed out of jail, forced into slavery, and eventually murdered to cover up the owner's crimes.

Book News
Follows the story of the murder of 11 black laborers being held in peonage on a Georgia farm in 1921. With the Federal Bureau of Investigation's case notes providing much of the information, the conditions that these virtual slaves lived under are explored and the trials of the white plantation owner and his black overseer for the murders are detailed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Independent Publishing Group
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.

& Taylor

Follows the story of eleven black men who were bailed out of jail, forced into slavery on a Georgia farm in 1921, and eventually murdered, and the trials of the white plantation owner and the black overseer, based on the FBI's notes.

Publisher: Chicago : Lawrence Hill Books, c1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781556523571
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 FRE
Characteristics: xviii. p. 195 : ill. ; 24 cm


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