The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, the Supreme Court, and the Betrayal of Reconstruction
The untold story of the slaying of a Southern town's ex-slaves and a white lawyer's historic battle to bring the perpretators to justice
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. With skill and tenacity, The Washington Post's Charles Lane transforms this nearly forgotten incident into a riveting historical saga.
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 an electrifying piece of historical detective work 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.
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Review: The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of ReconstructionUser Review - Allen - Goodreads
On Easter Sunday, April 13, 1873, a posse of white Louisianans attacked the black elected officials of Grant Parish, Louisiana. The black Republicans had taken refuge and fortified the Colfax ... Read full review
Review: The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of ReconstructionUser Review - Lynn - Goodreads
This book brought all the pieces home to me on why Reconstruction ended and Jim Crow began. I knew about the Rutherford B Hayes election and Plessy vs. Fergusson but didn't completely get the bigger ... Read full review
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