But There Was No Peace: The Role of Violence in the Politics of Reconstruction

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University of Georgia Press, 2007 - History - 257 pages
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This is a comprehensive examination of the use of violence by conservative southerners in the post-Civil War South to subvert Federal Reconstruction policies, overthrow Republican state governments, restore Democratic power, and reestablish white racial hegemony. Historians have often stressed the limited and even conservative nature of Federal policy in the Reconstruction South. However, George C. Rable argues, white southerners saw the intent and the results of that policy as revolutionary. Violence therefore became a counterrevolutionary instrument, placing the South in a pattern familiar to students of world revolution.
  

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Contents

The Specter of SaintDomingue
16
The Memphis Race Riot
33
The Triumph of Jacobinism
59
The Origins of the Counterrevolution
81
The Search for a Strategy
101
Louisiana 18711875
122
Mississippi 18731876
144
On the Inevitability of Tragedy
187
Bibliographical Essay
247
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George C. Rable is Professor and Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama. His books include Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg! and The Confederate Republic.

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