• Short Summary

    A STORM OF POLITICAL CONTROVERSY HAS BROKEN IN THE UNITED STATES, WITH THE CHARGE BY THE TWO REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMEN, THAT 'POCKETS OF POVERTY' EXIST AMONG NEGRO TENANT FARMERS ON LAND IN THE SOUTHER STATE OF ALABAMA OWNED BY MRS.

  • Description

    A STORM OF POLITICAL CONTROVERSY HAS BROKEN IN THE UNITED STATES, WITH THE CHARGE BY THE TWO REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMEN, THAT 'POCKETS OF POVERTY' EXIST AMONG NEGRO TENANT FARMERS ON LAND IN THE SOUTHER STATE OF ALABAMA OWNED BY MRS. LYNDON JOHNSON.

    CONGRESSMEN DAVID MARTIN AND M. SNYDER SAID THEY WEE SHOCKED AT WHAT THEY SAW ON MRS. JOHNSON'S HOLDINGS. THEY SAID THEY FOUND TENANTS LIVING "IN THREE AND FOUR-ROOM SHACKS WITH CRACKS IN THE FLOORS, LEAKING ROOFS, BROKEN COOKING STOVES AT LEAST 50 YEARS OLD, AND NO TOILET FACILITIES".

    WHEN OUR CAMERAMAN VISITED THE AREA, HE FOUND THAT DESPITE THE TUMBLEDOWN CONDITION OF THE SHACKS, IRONICALLY THEY WERE EQUIPPED WITH THE LATEST TELEVISION SETS, REFRIGERATORS -- EVEN DEEP FREEZERS. MOST OF THE NEGROES APPEARED TO BE SATISFIED WITH THEIR LOT. THEY RAISE THE BULK OF THEIR FOOD ON THE FEW ACRES OF RED SOIL PROVIDED IN THEIR RENTAL AGREEMENT, AND IN ADDITION RECEIVE MONEY FROM GOVERNMENT WELFARE FUNDS.

    CHARLIE CUTTER (THE OLD MAN SEEN WITH HIS WIFE IN FRONT OF THEIR HOUSE) PAYS MRS. JOHNSON 5 DOLLARS A MONTH FOR FOUR ACRES AND SAYS HE IS ENTIRELY HAPPY WITH THE ARRANGEMENT. IN ADDITION TO THE FOOD HE PRODUCES, HE AND HIS WIFE RECEIVE 150 DOLLARS A MONTH FROM THE GOVERNMENT WELFARE FUNDS.

    (MRS. JOHNSON HAS A LONG TERM RE-AFFORESTATION PROGRAMME FOR THE AREA, WHICH WAS ONCE COVERED WITH EXTENSIVE STANDS OF PINE TREES. HER TENANTS ARE ALLOWED TO REMAIN IN THEIR HOMES FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES, BUT WHEN THEY DIE OR MOVE AWAY, THE SHACKS ARE LEFT EMPTY.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD7CX46NH24YIEXUDO9C2ZIHL9
    Media URN:
    VLVAD7CX46NH24YIEXUDO9C2ZIHL9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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