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Blood at the Root - A Racial Cleansing in America

Patrick Phillips

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Forsyth County, Georgia, at the turn of the twentieth century was home to a large African American community that included ministers and teachers, farmers and field hands, tradesmen, servants, and children. Many black residents were poor sharecroppers, but others owned their own farms and the land on which they'd founded the county's thriving black churches. But then in September of 1912, three young black laborers were accused of raping and murdering a white girl. One man was dragged from a jail cell and lynched on the town square, two teenagers were hung after a one-day trial, and soon bands of white "night riders" launched a coordinated campaign of arson and terror, driving all 1,098 black citizens out of the county. In the wake of the expulsions, whites harvested the crops and took over the livestock of their former neighbors, and quietly laid claim to "abandoned" land. The charred ruins of homes and churches disappeared into the weeds, until the people and places of black Forsyth were forgotten. National Book Award finalist Patrick Phillips tells Forsyth's tragic story in vivid detail and traces its long history of racial violence all the way back to antebellum Georgia. Recalling his own childhood in the 1970s and '80s, Phillips sheds light on the communal crimes of his hometown and the violent means by which locals kept Forsyth "all white" well into the 1990s. Blood at the Root is a sweeping American tale that spans the Cherokee removals of the 1830s, the hope and promise of Reconstruction, and the crushing injustice of Forsyth's racial cleansing. With bold storytelling and lyrical prose, Phillips breaks a century-long silence and uncovers a history of racial terrorism that continues to shape America in the twenty-first century.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 10m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:49


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:56


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:21


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:29


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:18


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:02


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:15


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:45


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:05


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:55


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:50


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:10


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:04


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:56


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:07


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:03


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:50


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:46


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:23


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:38


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:52


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:18


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:17


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:07


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:03


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

09:26


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:25


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:02


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:38


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:12


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:52


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:28


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:11


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:45


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:03


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:12


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:43


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:44


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:54


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

00:27