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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 Company, 2013.
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The untold story of the slaying of a Southern town's ex-slaves and a white lawyer's historic battle to bring the perpretators to justiceFollowing the Civil War, Colfax, Louisiana, was a town, like many, whereAfrican Americansand 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 African  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Lane
ISBN: 9781429936781 1429936789
OCLC Number: 872607881
Description: 1 online resource
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The untold story of the slaying of a Southern town's ex-slaves and a white lawyer's historic battle to bring the perpretators to justiceFollowing the Civil War, Colfax, Louisiana, was a town, like many, whereAfrican Americansand 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 African Americans who had occupied a courthouse. With skill and tenacity, The Washington Post's Charles Lane transforms this nearly forgotten incident into a riveting 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 justices' verdict compromised the victories of the Civil War and left Southern blacks at the mercy of violent whites for generations. The Day Freedom Died is an electrifying piece of historical detective work that captures a gallery of characters from presidents to townspeople, and re-creates the bloody days of Reconstruction, when the often brutal struggle for equality moved from the battlefield into communities across the nation.

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