The Psychology of Jim Crow: James Brazier, A Case Study

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| By Arianna Skibell | The day Dawson Police Officers Weyman B. Cherry and Randolph McDonald arrested James Brazier, seemingly without warrant, was not anomalous in Southern history. When the officers walked onto James Brazier’s lawn, blackjacks in hand, they carried with them the weight of Jim Crow and the social and psychological constructs that […]

Through the Eyes of a Wife: Hattie Bell Brazier’s Account of Life Before and After Her Husband’s Death

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| By Christa Nutor | “Hattie Brazier was a seamstress, wife and mother of four children who, through a series of violent family confrontations with policemen in Dawson, Georgia, in the late 1950s, was moved to make bold, risky, heat-of-the-moment decisions that challenged the essence of white authority in the Jim Crow South.”[1] On a humid […]

Thwarted in Terrell County: How Federal Protocol and Georgia Law Hampered the FBI’s Investigation of James Brazier’s Murder

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| By Nathaniel Meyersohn & Hannah Coleman | On April 23, 1958, Odell Brazier appeared at the FBI’s field office in Atlanta. His son, thirty-two-year-old James Brazier, lay in critical condition in a Columbus, Georgia, hospital after suffering a brutal beating at the hands of local law enforcement officials following his arrest three days earlier. […]