Once in a while, you come across an American town or county that has long been virtually all-white, even though surrounding communities have black populations. It may not be an accident. Between the Civil War and the 1920s, in more than a few rural communities, white mobs violently expelled virtually all of their black neighbors. One of the places living with this uneasy history is Corbin, Kentucky, a small railroad town in the Appalachian foothills.
The CDS documentary "Racial Cleansing in America" is part of a multimedia project at the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) exploring the hidden history and lasting impact of this chapter in America's racial history. CIR also co-produced the film "Banished," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will air later this year on PBS, about three towns being forced to face their racist pasts; and provided assistance to Elliot Jaspin for his book on the topic, Buried in the Bitter Waters: The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America.