GEORGIA: The Rome Incident

Twice in recent weeks ugly gossip ran up & down the wide and sunburned streets of Rome, Ga. (pop. 26,282): there had been what the white residents called "nigger trouble." A young Negro had sat in the white section on a bus, starting a row. Then word spread that a Negro preacher was saying that now, while white men and boys were away in the Army, was the time for Negroes to assert their rights.

Twenty miles northeast of Rome, on a 600-acre farm where his parents once worked as slaves, lives...

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