Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Interesting film clip from David Hoffman of a sharecropper interview on Senator James Eastland's plantation in 1964


scene near Tupelo MS 2014

David Hoffman, 78-year-old filmmaker, presents a video “He Risked His Life Filming a Mississippi Senator’s Plantation in 1964”.

One of Hoffman’s colleagues recorded the interview on Senator James Eastland’s plantation, in a house lived in “for free for life” by sharecroppers, although there was a catch.  Eastland was an ardent segregationist and went out of his way to reduce benefits for blacks returning from the military after WWII and the Korean War.  

Many of the “houses” were not any larger than outhouses or privies.

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