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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

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

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807878057_asch.5

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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