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The Colfax Massacre: The Untold Story of Black Power, White Terror and the Death of Reconstruction

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Drawing on a large body of documents, including eyewitness accounts and evidence from the site itself, Keith explores the racial tensions that led to the Colfax massacre - during which surrendering blacks were mercilessly slaughtered - and the reverberations this message of terror sent throughout the South.
Hardcover, 219 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2007)
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Scott
An amazing job of having a really powerful thesis without actually defending it until the last few pages with any zeal. A shocking event in US history with well-described effects, but still the author could have opened the book up with some sort of explanatory piece on the event and its effects before going into 100 pages of background that - in the end - is important, but feels aimless. Glad I read it, and the scholarship is excellent.
Steve
An interesting and well analyzed topic that is weakened by some of the most pretentious prose I have ever read in a history book. Not only is this book therefore painful to read, but many of the author's ideas become confused because she is too concerned with sounding profound.
Justin
A fantastic telling of the Colfax Massacre and the events that lead to its occurrence. Keith's greatest ability is as a storyteller, weaving fact with seamless and engaging material. The book begins with Meredith Calhoun's slave driving, his son's retribution through abolition and suffrage, and the white supremacists and Democrats hell bent on using violence, coercion, and deception wrangle control of Louisiana's state government. The culmination at Colfax was once heralded as the end of Reconst ...more
Sandra D
The print was tiny, the writing somewhat dry, and the events described were at times complex and difficult to follow, but this story of a violent collision of race and politics seems especially timely during this election season -- when fear, anger, and heightened emotions sometimes threaten to spill beyond the edge of reason.
Jim Swike
Excellent book about tragic event during Reconstruction, good read for history student or fan.
Mark Cheathem
Could have used more analysis, but a good narrative treatment of the Colfax Massacre.
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