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The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, the Supreme Court, and the Betrayal of Reconstruction

The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, the Supreme Court, and the Betrayal of Reconstruction

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Following the Civil War, Colfax, Louisiana, was a town like many where African Americans 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 African Americans who had occupied a courthouse. 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 a riveting historical saga 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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ISBN: 9780805089226

Published Date: March 31, 2009

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

Language: English

Page Count: 326

Size: 8.56" l x 5.49" w x 0.86" h