Murder With Southern Hospitality:
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The trial of E.M. Yerger of Jackson, Mississippi in 1869 took place in the midst of the transition from Presidential to Congressional Reconstruction policies. Yerger, who had fallen behind on his taxes, a fact he disputed, was to have his piano sold by the then Mayor of Jackson and military officer, Colonel Joseph G. Crane. Crane attempted to seize the piano prompting Yerger to stab Crane to death when the two eventually met to settle the problem. Tried in a military court, the Yerger case never reached a conclusion, as it was prolonged until Reconstruction ended. The author of the inlaid 1926 Clarion-Ledger article asserts an interpretation of Reconstruction generally ascribed to former Confederates declaring that eventually “the south reverted to the hands of its own people” thereby ensuring “justice” for Yerger.

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