Patrick Phillips, Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America

In 1912, a young girl’s murder rocked the rural community of Forsyth County, Georgia, and led a mob of whites to lynch a black man on the town square. A month later, thousands cheered the hanging, on spurious evidence, of two black teenagers, and then set fire to the homes and churches of black farmers, field hands and servants. Bands of night-riders declared Forsyth “whites-only” and sent 1,100 black citizens running for their lives. Whites took over their livestock, harvested their crops and laid claim to “abandoned” black land, slowly erasing all evidence of their communal crime.

Blood at the Root is a gripping tale of racial cleansing in Forsyth County, Georgia, and a harrowing testament to the deep roots of racial violence in America.

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