Worse than slavery by david oshinsky

And freedom would be bad for the Negro because those checks had been removed. This caused particular problems in the deep interior counties of Mississippi, where towns were scattered, plantations were isolated, and news could be tightly controlled.

And Mississippi, with its vigilante tradition and vulnerable black majority, would lead the region in every imaginable kind of mob atrocity: Shoup, "splitting his lip considerably. When I was reading it, there were times I felt sick to my stomach. The farmer was white and free; the Negro was black--but also free.

Newspapers reported that "idle darkies" were clogging the roads, stealing crops and livestock, jostling whites from sidewalks, and fouling the air with "cigar smoke and profanity.

In one instance a general told mob leaders that they "had done right" to lynch a Negro charged with insulting a white woman. They were in a dilemma: The local jails and state prisons would grow darker by the year.

Worse Than Slavery

Its local anthem went like this: When the slaughter finally ended, more than twenty-five blacks were dead. Following the seven-month siege of Vicksburg inUnion soldiers had marched through the heart of Mississippi, burning houses, killing livestock, and trampling crops.

After completing an extensive tour of the South during Reconstruction, a prominent journalist noted that the "respectable people of Mississippi are astonishingly tolerant of acts which would arouse a Northern community to the utmost. The cavalryman fortunate enough to have been paroled with his horse.

By most accounts, the Negro found both. The historian of Oktibbeha County described them as "obnoxious agitators" who "Incited the darkeys against their old friends, the Southern whites.

Why confuse the Negro by raising false hopes about his naturally humble station in life? As Reconstruction unfolded in Mississippi, black hopes and white fears collided with murderous force. In a perverse way, emancipation had made the black population more vulnerable than before. Bondage had been good for the Negro, it was argued, because the system kept his primitive instincts in check.

Manning landed "a good right-hand" on "the fly-trap" of Senator J."Worse Than Slavery was a gripping but difficult novel for me. The sheer brutality in the treatment of people, and the despair that came post-Civil War catches me off-guard when I /5.

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In this sensitively told tale of suffering, brutality, and inhumanity, Worse Than Slavery is an epic history of race and punishment in the deepest South from emancipation to the civil rights era—and killarney10mile.comalized in blues songs and movies like Cool Hand Luke and The Defiant Ones, Mississippi’s infamous Parchman State Penitentiary was, in the pre-civil rights south, synonymous with 4/5(4).

Worse Than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice. David M. Oshinsky.

Worse Than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice

An absorbing tale of a Southern prison whose name is synonymous with brutality. I think that David Oshinsky has demonstrated a great command of the subject material in this work & has shown how the racism of the era permeated down into the justice system and how the black men sentenced to serve time at Parchman were indeed subjected to a fate "Worse Than Slavery"/5(77).

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