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Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the MovementA Biography$
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Randal Maurice Jelks

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835364

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869871_jelks

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My Earliest Memory Was a Mob

My Earliest Memory Was a Mob

(p.9) 1 My Earliest Memory Was a Mob
Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement

Randal Maurice Jelks

University of North Carolina Press

Benjamin Mays was born in 1894 and was an eyewitness to racial terror as the curtain of Jim Crow fell over the American South. The mob terror that thoroughly shaped his earliest memory and imagination stemmed from the Phoenix riot of 1898, a violent political maneuver by the supporters of South Carolina governor Benjamin Tillman to eliminate black political activity.

Keywords:   Benjamin Mays, racial terror, Jim Crow, Phoenix riot, South Carolina, Benjamin Tillman

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