The war is over, the Confederacy having surrendered, freeing the slaves. Mr. Harvey invites the slaves to stay if they wish, maybe sharecropping. The rest of the plantation owners, a senator and the sheriff have a meeting to discuss options, with the senator declaring that he's come to buy a lot of land. When tempers flare, the sheriff leaves as he is "bound to uphold the law". President Lincoln is dead, shot by a white man. The former Harvey slaves' encampment is visited by masked men with torches on horses and Harvey is warned to "keep out of it".
Did You Know?
This episode takes place from 1865 to 1870. See more
Confederate General Robert E. Lee is depicted surrendering to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House on April 10, 1865. In reality, this event occurred the previous day. See more
Because if we ain't givin' the law a chance, then freedom ain't worth a damn!
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