The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, The Supreme Court, And The Betrayal Of Reconstruction

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"Absorbing . . . Riveting . . . A legal thriller."--Kevin Boyle, The New York Times Book Review

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.

Author : Charles Lane
ISBN : 0805089225
Language : English
No of Pages : 352
Edition : 1 Reprint
Publication Date : 3/31/2009
Format/Binding : Paperback
Book dimensions : 8x5.2x1
Book weight : 0.01

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