Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War / Edition 1

Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War / Edition 1

by Lemann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0374248559

ISBN-13: 2900374248559

Pub. Date: 09/05/2006

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Easter Sunday 1873, Colfax, Louisiana: A white militia of Confederate veterans-turned-vigilantes ousts the elected town government and, in a gruesome killing spree, attacks the black community there, massacring dozens of people. This horrifying episode began an insurgency that changed the course of American history. White Southern Democrats were emboldened to further…  See more details below

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Easter Sunday 1873, Colfax, Louisiana: A white militia of Confederate veterans-turned-vigilantes ousts the elected town government and, in a gruesome killing spree, attacks the black community there, massacring dozens of people. This horrifying episode began an insurgency that changed the course of American history. White Southern Democrats were emboldened to further action, and for several years they waged a campaign of political terrorism aiming to overturn the Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments and challenge President Grant's support for the emergent structures of black political power. Redemption-which is based on a wealth of military records, congressional investigations, memoirs, press reports, and the invaluable personal and public papers of Adelbert Ames, the young war hero from Maine who was Mississippi's governor at the time-is the first book to describe in uncompromising detail this organized racial violence, which reached its apogee in Mississippi in 1875. We are still living with the consequences.

About the Author:
Nicholas Lemann, dean of the School of Journalism at Columbia University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900374248559
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/05/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272

Table of Contents

1Adelbert and Blanche31
2Vicksburg troubles63
3The peace conference100
4Revolution135
5The Mississippi plan170

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