The violent assault in this story -- the blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard -- had national ramifications.
It led Truman to embrace civil rights, which in turn sparked the Dixiecrat rebellion, which then fueled the larger party realignment over civil rights.
Here's an old thread I did about the Woodard blinding and its aftermath:
And another thread on how Truman's embrace of civil rights impacted the larger arc of the party realignment on the issue:
This is a story that reshaped America. It's long overdue that locals consider what it meant for their town too.
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