Blood at the Root : A Racial Cleansing in America
Tenacious research results in this eye-opening slice of well-hidden history: how, in Sept and October, 1912, the white citizens of Forsythe, Georgia willfully and successfully purged all the black occupants within their county lines. The county remained that way for over 75 years. Phillips’ family moved to Forsythe in 1977, while Patrick was still in elementary school—gradually he heard about this old legend, and finally, as an adult living elsewhere, took it upon himself to find out what really happened. What he uncovered is shocking, to say the least. False accusations, rush to judgment, illegal detention, angry mobs, lynchings, unjust court proceedings, revenge, night riders, murders, stolen property, coerced evictions….it reads like a horrible fiction, but is all true. A powerful indictment and vital history.