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Author Bahde, Thomas

Title The Life and Death of Gus Reed : a Story of Race and Justice in Illinois during the Civil War and Reconstruction
Published Athens, OH : Ohio University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (239 pages)
Series Series on Law, Society, and Politics in the Midwest
Ohio University Press series on law, society, and politics in the Midwest.
Contents Introduction; Georgia Roots; Illinois in Wartime; Black Springfield; A White Man's Country; The Underworld; The Penitentiary; Springfield, 1908; Appendix; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index
Summary Gus Reed was a freed slave who traveled north as Sherman's March was sweeping through Georgia in 1864. His journey ended in Springfield, Illinois, a city undergoing fundamental changes as its white citizens struggled to understand the political, legal, and cultural consequences of emancipation and black citizenship. Reed became known as a petty thief, appearing time and again in the records of the state's courts and prisons. In late 1877, he burglarized the home of a well-known Springfield attorney-and brother of Abraham Lincoln's former law partner-a crime for which he was convicted and sent
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Subject Reed, Augustus, 1846?-1878.
African American prisoners -- Crimes against -- Illinois -- History -- 19th century.
African Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Illinois -- 19th century.
African Americans -- Illinois -- Springfield -- Biography.
Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- Illinois -- History -- 19th century.
Freedmen -- Illinois -- Springfield -- Biography.
Racism -- Illinois -- History -- 19th century.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Illinois.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0821444948 (electronic bk.)
9780821444948 (electronic bk.)