Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War

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Macmillan, Aug 21, 2007 - History - 257 pages
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"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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User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

The standard history of the Civil War is that America fought a bloody war to abolish slavery and the South lost. As Nicholas Lemann makes so clear in this compelling book, it was hardly that simple ... Read full review

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Boring, I'll save you time and boredom, this book says that racism is bad. There now you can say you have read it. Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE
3
ADELBERT AND BLANCHE
31
VICKSBURG TROUBLES
63
THE PEACE CONFERENCE
100
REVOLUTION
135
THE MISSISSIPPI PLAN
170
NOTES
211
A NOTE ON SOURCES
237
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
243
INDEX
245
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Nicholas Lemann, dean of the School of Journalism at Columbia University, is author of The Big Test (FSG, 1999) and the prizewinning The Promised Land. He lives with his family in Pelham, New York.