In the aftermath of the terrible Civil War which has devastated the South, Amanda America Dixon returns home to find she has become the sole heir to a vast cotton plantation. But the dreadful secret which has blighted her life threatens to deprive her of the birthright which her beloved father David had struggled for so long to create. Raised by her father and grandmother to be the perfect white Southern Belle, Amanda's true mother was a black slave Julia. Confronted with the forces of greed and bigotry, Amanda has to face not only the hatred of a racist world, but the complex truth of a family whose lives have been built on a lie.
Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for violent material including a sexual assault, and for some language
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Did You Know?
On March 2, 1885 David Dickson's will was submitted for probate to the Ordinary (now called Probate Judge) of Hancock County, R.H. Lewis (my great-grandfather). I believe he was referred to in the film as Judge Stevens.
On July 6, 1885, despite the objections of David Dickson's white relatives, R.H. Lewis ruled in favor of the will. Consequently, the attorneys for the white relatives "appealed" to the Superior Court of Hancock County for consideration 'de novo' (latin for 'over again') as to probate of the will. This resulted in the court proceedings that began in November 1885 before a jury with Superior Court Judge Samuel Lumpkin (referred to as Judge Cottner in the film) presiding.
No doubt due to time constraints, the film does not very effectively differentiate the proceedings in Superior Court before a jury from the earlier proceedings before the Ordinary (Probate Judge) without a jury. See more