A rural Georgia tragedy : Koinonia Farm in the 1950s
O'Connor, Charles Stevens
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Clarence Jordan and Martin England established Koinonia Farm (“coin-Ohneeah) near Americus, Georgia in November 1942. Eight years later, the deacons of the Rehoboth Baptist Church expelled commune members for practicing interracial fellowship. By 1956, they incurred numerous extralegal reprisals sanctioned by the local town leadership, all of whom were members of the Chamber of Commerce. This thesis answers why the violence ended abruptly after a dynamite attack destroyed a downtown feed store and damaged seven other popular establishments. These men’s efforts to hide the lawlessness to secure manufacturing contracts explain their demands for peace.