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why was sam tutum tarred and feathered?
Even though Mr. Barnett most likely did not order all the things for which Sam Tatum had been charged, it was of little consequence that he was cheating his customer. What was important in the social climate of the times was that Mr. Tatum, who is black, had dared to stand up for himself and question a white man. The night men, or Ku Klux Klan, operated with impunity in the South during the years the story takes place, and they were very quick to take the law into their own hands whenever they felt the Negroes were "steppin' outa (their) place". In retaliation for his "uppity" behavior, the night men rode down to Mr. Tatum's place and "poured the blackest tar they could find all over him, then plastered him with chicken feathers" (Chapters 3-4).
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