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An absolute massacre : the New Orleans race riot of July 30, 1866

Author: James G Hollandsworth
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2001.
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"In the summer of 1866, racial tensions ran high in Louisiana as a constitutional convention considered disenfranchising former Confederates and enfranchising blacks. On July 30, a procession of black suffrage supporters on their way to the convention pushed through an angry throng of whites. Words were exchanged, shots rang out, and within minutes a riot erupted with unrestrained fury. By the time the army  Read more...
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History
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Hollandsworth, James G.
Absolute massacre.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2001
(DLC) 00059675
(OCoLC)44681801
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James G Hollandsworth
ISBN: 9780807151303 0807151300
OCLC Number: 804847826
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 168 pages) : illustrations, 1 map
Responsibility: James G. Hollandsworth, Jr.
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"In the summer of 1866, racial tensions ran high in Louisiana as a constitutional convention considered disenfranchising former Confederates and enfranchising blacks. On July 30, a procession of black suffrage supporters on their way to the convention pushed through an angry throng of whites. Words were exchanged, shots rang out, and within minutes a riot erupted with unrestrained fury. By the time the army intervened later that afternoon, at least forty-eight men - an overwhelming majority of them black - were dead and more than two hundred had been wounded. In An Absolute Massacre, James G. Hollandsworth, Jr., examines the events surrounding the confrontation and shows that no other riot in American history had a more profound or lasting effect on the country's political and social fabric." "Relying on voluminous testimony from over 250 witnesses, Hollandsworth asserts that the New Orleans riot was the single most important event to shape Congressional Reconstruction of the South. It contributed to the first successful attempt to impeach a U.S. president and set in motion a chain of events that established the politically cohesive Solid South that would endure for almost one hundred years."--Jacket.

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