The 1868 St. Bernard Parish Massacre: Blood in the Cane Fields

The 1868 St. Bernard Parish Massacre: Blood in the Cane Fields

by C. Dier

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Days before the tumultuous presidential election of 1868, St. Bernard Parish descended into chaos. As African American men gained the right to vote, white Democrats of the parish feared losing their majority. Armed groups mobilized to suppress these recently emancipated voters in the hopes of regaining a way of life turned upside down by the Civil War and Reconstruction. Freed people were dragged from their homes and murdered in cold blood. Many fled to the cane fields to hide from their attackers. The reported number of those killed varies from 35 to 135. The tragedy was hidden, but implications reverberated throughout the South and lingered for generations. Author and historian Chris Dier reveals the horrifying true story behind the St. Bernard Parish Massacre.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439663028
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 10/16/2017
Series: True Crime
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Chris Dier was born in New Orleans and currently teaches history at Chalmette High School in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina, Dier was uprooted to Texas, where he finished high school and attended East Texas Baptist University. Dier received a BA in history from ETBU. After completion of his undergraduate degree, he moved back to his hometown and became an educator to follow in the footsteps of his mother. He continued his studies to earn an MA in education from the University of New Orleans and is currently obtaining an MEd in educational administration from UNO. He resides in St. Bernard Parish and has a keen interest in regional history.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

1 Colonization 15

2 Antebellum 34

3 Escalation 52

4 Culmination 66

5 Devastation 77

6 Ramification 85

7 Deconstruction 93

8 Recollection 108

Notes 125

Index 137

About the Author 141

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1868 St. Bernard Parish Massacre: Blood in the Cane Fields 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent, and I hope we see more works of this kind in the future. The story of the 1868 St. Bernard Parish Massacre—in which an estimated 35 to 135 people lost their lives—would have been largely forgotten and likely lost in history forever if not for the painstaking research that went into the making of this book, and for that reason I am very thankful for the enthusiasm and skill of historians like C. Dier. As one might imagine, the story around which the book is focused is disturbing, though I would hope that that would not discourage anyone with an interest in history from reading it. The author does a wonderful job of establishing the historical context within which the story should be considered. The book itself is easy to read, fairly short in length, and includes both historical and modern images of the sites and individuals mentioned. Highly recommend.