The John Williams plantation in Georgia was operated largely with the labor of slaves - 56 years after the end of the Civil War. Williams was not alone in using 'peons', poor blacks bailed out of local jails, but his reaction to a federal investigation was almost unbelievable. He decided to destroy the evidence, to kill 11 black men who could testify to the situation. Williams enlisted the aid of his farm boss, 27-year-old Clyde Manning, forcing him to methodically kill his friends. Men were chained together, two-by-two, weighted down with rocks, and thrown over bridges, alive and terrified; others were bludgeoned with an axe, summarily shot, or ordered to dig their own graves. The surprises continued in the aftermath, as even a bigoted rural community found that it could not overlook such a heinous crime. A sensational trial ensued, gripping the state, galvanizing national attention, and marking a turning point in the treatment of black Americans. Clyde Manning and his fellow peons can truly be said to be the last American slaves. This riveting book is based largely on the immensely detailed court testimony, the FBI investigations, and other records. A vivid, haunting story of a long-forgotten incident, it helps to illuminate the long journey of African Americans from slavery to freedom.
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Subtítulo: THE 1921 MURDERS OF ELEVEN PLANTATION SLAVES