Antique 1890 Runaway Sharecropper African American Man Whipped MS Delta Letter

$295.00

While the men in question, Sam and Sid, were by Lincoln’s order of abolition two full generations removed from slavery, they are very much treated here as though owned.   Joseph J. McNeill Jr (sp) of Itta Bena reporting to John Terry of Greenwood Mississippi that he had found Sam in a house on the edge of their property preparing...

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While the men in question, Sam and Sid, were by Lincoln’s order of abolition two full generations removed from slavery, they are very much treated here as though owned.

 

Joseph J. McNeill Jr (sp) of Itta Bena reporting to John Terry of Greenwood Mississippi that he had found Sam in a house on the edge of their property preparing to meet Sid running away to New Orleans. The letter strongly implies a warning of same action and possible robbery plans by the recipient's farm hand / sharecropper. Joseph acquired this confession during his whipping of Sam. 

 

Leflore County had the highest number of recorded lynchings in the state of MS from 1870 to 1950, itself the highest number in the nation and was later the site of Emmitt Till’s murder. Illuminating evidence from Jim Crow America. Original mailing envelope and hand written letter, fountain pen on lined stationery measures 7.75 x 9.5” in very good condition with toning.