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The Thibodaux Massacre: Racial Violence and the 1887 Sugar Cane Labor Strike

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On November 23, 1887, white vigilantes gunned down unarmed black laborers and their families during a spree lasting more than two hours. The violence erupted due to strikes on Louisiana sugar cane plantations. Fear, rumor and white supremacist ideals clashed with an unprecedented labor action to create an epic tragedy. A future member of the U.S. House of Representatives w ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 14th 2016 by The History Press
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Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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For me, it was a bit too brief. It's very straightforward and could have used a little more depth or expansion on the context, although I know the written records of the massacre are scant. As a Houma native, I can easily visualize the places the author mentions and have prior knowledge to some of the people he references. However, for a reader not from the area or unfamiliar with this period of history, I can imagine this might be a little confusing or challenging to read. On the other hand, I ...more
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Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this slim volume on what was (until John DeSantis’ book) was mostly hidden Louisiana history. While the official death toll from the November 23, 1887, Massacre of striking black sugar cane workers is eight, DeSantis believes the actual number is between 30 and 60.

A key find was the pension application for a black Union Army veteran who grew up in Thibodaux. Jack Conrad’s son Grant was among those killed in the Massacre. Jack Conrad was wounded by several shots but survived. He
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