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The day freedom died : the Colfax massacre, the Supreme Court, and the betrayal of Reconstruction

Author: Charles Lane
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Following the Civil War, Colfax, Louisiana, was a town, like many, where Negroes and whites mingled uneasily. But on April 13, 1873, a small army of white ex-Confederate soldiers, enraged after attempts by freedmen to assert their new rights, killed more than sixty Negroes who had occupied a courthouse. Now, journalist Charles Lane transforms this nearly forgotten incident into a historical saga. Seeking justice for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Case studies
History
Named Person: James Beckwith; James Beckwith
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Lane
ISBN: 9780805083422 0805083421 0805089225 9780805089226
OCLC Number: 172984718
Description: xviii, 326 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps, ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prologue --
"Wholesale murder" --
From plantation to parish --
Power struggle --
War --
Blood on the red --
Black-letter law --
Manhunt --
Louisiana on trial --
A justice's judgment --
"If Louisiana goes..." --
The court speaks --
Epilogue --
Appednix: How many died?.
Responsibility: Charles Lane.
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Following the Civil War, Colfax, Louisiana, was a town, like many, where Negroes and whites mingled uneasily. But on April 13, 1873, a small army of white ex-Confederate soldiers, enraged after attempts by freedmen to assert their new rights, killed more than sixty Negroes who had occupied a courthouse. Now, journalist Charles Lane transforms this nearly forgotten incident into a historical saga. Seeking justice for the slain, one brave U.S. attorney, James Beckwith, risked his life and career to investigate and punish the perpetrators--but they all went free. What followed was a series of courtroom dramas that culminated at the Supreme Court, where the verdict compromised the victories of the Civil War and left Southern blacks at the mercy of violent whites for generations.--From publisher description.

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