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Chapter 2: The Thirst for Knowledge

The following spring, on March 26, 1879 at around 7:00 in the evening, George was at his employer Issac Stadden's home when he heard a hysterical crowd, their voices like a raging ocean, from the direction of the town jail, the former Fort Scott’s guard house. Soon he saw them coming, a thousand whites pouring onto Judson Street where he lived, led by thirty masked men waving revolvers and dragging a black man by a rope around his neck. Having taken him from the jail by battering down the door, Carver recalled, “They drug him by our house and dashed his brains out onto the sidewalk.” Their screams left no doubt that, along with what they believed he had done, they judged his complexion guilty.

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