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Re: HELP! Reconstruction Thesis Project

Thank you for your follow-up. I had previously gone to the Crockett County Website and made inquiry to the lady who runs the site and records all the info. I asked her if there were people who were researching the freedman names involved in this case or the name of the sheriff (Harris) who along with a mob (most of the men folk of this town) took these freedmen from the deputy sheriff who was trying to hold them in protective custody. I phrased this inquiry a little more gracefully than what I am stating here. But she never responded and she is the only contact name I have for Crockett County. I have also contacted the TN Archives, the Western TN Historical Society, the TN Historical State Society, the National Archives, the TN Genealogical Society and various professors from various universities who study Reconstruction or Western TN. I have gone to the local LDS history center and have ordered the circuit court record. I have copies of the info from the Congressional Globe which records the floor debates on the "enforcement acts" and their passage. I have the Supreme Court record of US v. Harris... the case resulting from this event. I do not have any of the lower court testimony as I don't have a real feel about what exactly happened. I do however want to flesh out the people envolved, but I keep hitting brick walls. Do you know of any existant Afro-American newspapers from areas surrounding Western TN which would have covered this 14 AUG 1876 event? Do you have any more suggestions? Thank you, Laura Brown

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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