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Redemption - by Nicholas Lemann (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 257

Genre: History

Sub-Genre: United States

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Age Range: Adult

Book theme: 19th Century

Author: Nicholas Lemann

Language: English

TCIN: 77734941
UPC: 9780374530693
Item Number (DPCI): 247-61-3265

Description

"An arresting piece of popular history." --Sean Wilentz, The New York Times Book Review

Nicholas Lemann opens this extraordinary book with a riveting account of the horrific events of Easter 1873 in Colfax, Louisiana, where a white militia of Confederate veterans-turned-vigilantes attacked the black community there and massacred hundreds of people in a gruesome killing spree. This began an insurgency that changed the course of American history: for the next few years white Southern Democrats waged a campaign of political terrorism aiming to overturn the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments and challenge President Grant's support for the emergent structures of black political power. Redemption is the first book to describe in uncompromising detail this organized racial violence, which reached its apogee in Mississippi in 1875.

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