The character of Sappho Dill apparently didn’t play that mess and the 1920s afforded her that luxury. The decade was a time of great economic prosperity across all populations, and according to the U.S. Department of Labor, women constituted 21-25% of the workforce particularly in Northern states and in areas of the country where clerical work, factory work, and store clerk roles were available. Because working women had more autonomy to marry for love instead of survival, effectively divorce rates rose.
By the year 1920, approximately 300,000 Black folks migrated to the North (Isabel Wilkerson talks about their experiences at length in her book The Warmth of Other Suns). Many sought to escape racial terrorism, and the negative impact of natural disasters on farming in the South while others like the veterans of World War I […]
The movie begins with a dramatic scene. Dick Mason, an old Black prospector, lies on his death bed. His ridiculously light-skinned granddaughter and only surviving heir clinging to him, begging him to live on. Alas, old Dick meets his maker and poor, lonely Eve Mason (Iris Hall) leave Selmas, Alabama for Oristown, Missouri to claim the land her granddaddy left for her.