National Affairs: Collins Woman Case

Ben Bess is a Negro; He used to be better off than most South Carolina Negroes. He owned a good farm in Florence County. Some Negroes considered him lucky because he rented part of his land to some white trash named Collins and had his way with the Collins woman. She was about 45 years old and pretty trashy. But, she was white.

Other Negroes considered Ben Bess a black fool. He ought to have some sensibility about the folks he took up with, they said. Besides, fooling with white women never got a Negro anywhere but into trouble, no Sir!

After he...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!