87 minutes
Source: California Newsreel

In this documentary, filmmaker Marco Williams explores three communities that forcibly expelled African-American residents between the Civil War and the Great Depression, replacing Reconstruction with Jim Crow laws. It examines the question of reparations: what do the residents of these now all-white towns owe to the families they drove out? Residents of Pierce City, Missouri; Harrison, Arkansas; and Forsyth County, Georgia are interviewed.

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