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Author Keith, LeeAnna.

Title The Colfax massacre : the untold story of Black power, White terror, and the death of Reconstruction / LeeAnna Keith
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 219 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, maps
Contents Introduction: on bones and their markers -- Alabama fever -- The philosopher -- The fall -- Led by a damned puppy -- A town called Fight -- Carnival of the animals -- Battle of the Colfax courthouse -- Voyage of the Ozark -- Getting away with murder -- The legacy of Cruikshank
Summary On Easter Sunday, 1873, in the tiny hamlet of Colfax, Louisiana, more than 150 members of an all-black Republican militia were slain by rampaging white supremacists. The deadliest incident of racial violence of the Reconstruction era, the Colfax Massacre unleashed a reign of terror that all but extinguished the campaign for racial equality. This is the first full-length book to tell the history of this decisive event. Drawing on a huge body of documents, including eyewitness accounts of the massacre, as well as newly discovered evidence from the site itself, author Keith explores the racial tensions that led to the fateful encounter, and its reverberations throughout the South. In 1875, disregarding the testimony of 300 witnesses, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned a conviction of eight conspirators, virtually nullifying the Ku Klux Klan Enforcement Acts of 1870 and 1871 and clearing the way for the Jim Crow era.--From publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-209) and index
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Subject African Americans -- Crimes against -- History -- Louisiana -- Colfax -- 19th century
Contested elections -- Louisiana -- Grant Parish -- History -- 19th century.
Massacres -- Louisiana -- Colfax -- History -- 19th century.
Racism -- Louisiana -- Colfax -- History -- 19th century.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Louisiana -- Colfax.
Violence -- Louisiana -- Colfax -- History -- 19th century.
Colfax (La.) -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century.
Grant Parish (La.) -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Grant Parish (La.) -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0198042388 (electronic bk.)
1435617894 (electronic bk.)
9780198042389 (electronic bk.)
9781435617896 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)
(alk. paper)