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The Senator and the SharecropperThe Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer$
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Chris Myers Asch

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807872024

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807878057_asch

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Sunflower County, 1904

Sunflower County, 1904

(p.6) 1 Sunflower County, 1904
The Senator and the Sharecropper

Chris Myers Asch

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Doddsville, which, by the standards of Sunflower County and the Mississippi Delta at the turn of the century, was a bustling hamlet. Several dozen inhabitants supported a cluster of small businesses nestled just east of a bend in the Sunflower River. More than a decade earlier, two brothers, Jim and Sid Dodd, had slashed their way south from Kentucky to the banks of the Sunflower, establishing a sawmill and commissary in the hopes of making a fortune in timber. They joined another enterprising pioneer, Oliver Eastland, who had purchased hundreds of acres west of the river. Using the profits of a prosperous drugstore in the piney woods of central Mississippi, Eastland quickly expanded his holdings, ultimately bequeathing nearly 2,400 acres to his family when he died in 1899.

Keywords:   Doddsville, Sunflower County, Mississippi Delta, bustling hamlet, Sid Dodd, Oliver Eastland

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