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by LeeAnna Keith

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Excellent microhistory that is well-researched. Easter Sunday, 1873 "more than 150 members of an all-black Republican militia were mercilessly slaughtered by white supremacists". Nothing was done. This event was the beginning of the Jim Crow era. A must read. ( )
  HMGThomas | Feb 24, 2016 |
A sad set of events leads to the death of 150 of black men by the ex-Confederates of Louisiana. This horrible act in April 1873 leads to a cover-up. It is the basis of the remaining Segregationalist legislation in Louisiana. The failure of Reconstruction is illuminated by LeeAnna Keith's work. Plainly, but clearly written. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Mar 14, 2015 |
This book told of the account of the racal incident in Colfax, LA where 13 white men and 150 negros were killed. It was extremely difficult reading not just because of the topic but the writing as well. Hard to follow and at times a bit too detailed. ( )
  cyderry | Jul 17, 2012 |
1873 was the year of the Colfax massacre, a small town in Louisiana. On April 13 three white men and 150 negroes were slain. It was the most violent racial incident of the Reconstruction era, with legal consequences up to the US Supreme Court. A chilling account of a dark chapter in America's civil rights history
  peacepalacelibrary | Apr 18, 2008 |
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Chapter Outline
Introduction: On Bones and their Markers
Chapter 1: Alabama Fever
Chapter 2: The Philosopher
Chapter 3: The Fall
Chapter 4: Led by a Damned Puppy
Chapter 5: A Town Called Fight
Chapter 6: Carnival of the Animals
Chapter 7: Battle of the Colfax Courthouse
Chapter 8: Voyage of the Ozark
Chapter 9 : Getting Away with Murder
Chapter 10: The Legacy of Cruikshank
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On Easter Sunday, 1873, in the tiny hamlet of Colfax, Louisiana, more than 150 members of an all-black Republican militia, defending the town's courthouse, were slain by an armed force of rampaging white supremacists. The most deadly incident of racial violence of the Reconstruction era, the Colfax Massacre unleashed a reign of terror that all but extinguished the campaign for racial equality.
LeeAnna Keith's The Colfax Massacre is the first full-length book to tell the history of this decisive event. Drawing on a huge body of documents, including eyewitness accounts of the massacre, as well as newly discovered evidence from the site itself, Keith explores the racial tensions that led to the fateful encounter, during which surrendering blacks were mercilessly slaughtered, and the reverberations this message of terror sent throughout the South. Keith also recounts the heroic attempts by U.S. Attorney J.R. Beckwith to bring the killers to justice and the many legal issues raised by the massacre. In 1875, disregarding the poignant testimony of 300 witnesses, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in U.S. v. Cruikshank to overturn a lower court conviction of eight conspirators. This decision virtually nullified the Ku Klux Klan Enforcement Acts of 1870 and 1871--which had made federal offenses of a variety of acts to intimidate voters and officeholders--and cleared the way for the Jim Crow era.
If there was a single historical moment that effectively killed Reconstruction and erased the gains blacks had made since the civil war, it was the day of the Colfax Massacre. LeeAnna Keith gives readers both a gripping narrative account of that portentous day and a nuanced historical analysis of its far-reaching repercussions.

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