But There Was No Peace: The Role of Violence in the Politics of Reconstruction

But There Was No Peace: The Role of Violence in the Politics of Reconstruction

by George C. Rable
     
 

This is a comprehensive examination of the use of violence by conservative southerners in the post-Civil War South to subvert Federal Reconstruction policies, overthrow Republican state governments, restore Democratic power, and reestablish white racial hegemony. Historians have often stressed the limited and even conservative nature of Federal policy in the… See more details below

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This is a comprehensive examination of the use of violence by conservative southerners in the post-Civil War South to subvert Federal Reconstruction policies, overthrow Republican state governments, restore Democratic power, and reestablish white racial hegemony. Historians have often stressed the limited and even conservative nature of Federal policy in the Reconstruction South. However, George C. Rable argues, white southerners saw the intent and the results of that policy as revolutionary. Violence therefore became a counterrevolutionary instrument, placing the South in a pattern familiar to students of world revolution.

About the Author:
George C. Rable is Professor and Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820307107
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
08/01/1984
Pages:
270

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     xv
American Violence, Southern Violence, and Reconstruction     1
The Specter of Saint-Domingue     16
The Memphis Race Riot     33
New Orleans and the Emergence of Political Violence     43
Military Reconstruction: The Triumph of Jacobinism     59
The Origins of the Counterrevolution     81
The Search for a Strategy     101
Counterrevolution Aborted: Louisiana, 1871-1875     122
Counterrevolution Triumphant: Mississippi, 1873-1876     144
1876: The Triumph of Reaction     163
Epilogue: On the Inevitability of Tragedy     187
Notes     193
Bibliographical Essay     247
Index     253

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