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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas Lemann, Michael Prichard Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9781400172832
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Nicholas Lemann opens this extraordinary book with a riveting account of the horrific events of Easter 1873 in Colfax, Louisiana, where a white militia of Confederate veterans-turned-vigilantes attacked the black community there and massacred hundreds of people in a gruesome killing spree. This began an insurgency that changed the course of American history: for the next few years white Southern Democrats waged a campaign of political terrorism aiming to overturn the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments and challenge President Grant’s support for the emergent structures of black political power. Redemption is the first book to describe in uncompromising detail this organized racial violence, which reached its apogee in Mississippi in 1875.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 1/3/2014

    " In the days after the Civil War there was a concerted effort on the part of the white establishment to reinstate the supremacy of the whate race. It was done with violence, with trickery, with blatant racism. The results lasted up to the mid-20th century, making the Civil Rights movement necessary. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miranda | 1/18/2013

    " Great story, important history, but unfortunately not particularly well written or interesting in this telling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 9/10/2012

    " What gives, America? Get it together. This is quick account of Reconstruction in the Deep South, when the Democratic party basically became a wing of the Klan, like Sinn Fein except with power. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyson Jackson | 9/10/2012

    " Just started, but the prologue has me hooked! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 7/22/2012

    " Terrifying. Reconstruction seems an unfinished project. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 6/30/2012

    " Importance of the subject matter rates 5 stars, the execution rates 3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Calabrese | 12/25/2011

    " It is very important for us to be aware of this period of history. First part tells the story of the Redemption as the story of General/Senator/Governor Ames. It is a story that needs to be told but seems to drag a bit. Nice units on historiography of the era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Russo | 11/19/2011

    " One of the only books that's ever made me blood-boilingly angry as I was reading it. It's easy to greet the end of Congressional Reconstruction with a shrug of inevitability; Lemann shows exactly what could have been accomplished, and why we instead got Jim Crow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Devin | 5/17/2011

    " A good argument for the revision of the longstanding view regarding reconstruction as overly harsh and the cause of its own demise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 4/5/2011

    " Distracted reading over Christmas break. Journalistic take on one slice of reconstruction. Glaring error on page one is the main point that lingers... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 2/20/2011

    " One of the only books that's ever made me blood-boilingly angry as I was reading it. It's easy to greet the end of Congressional Reconstruction with a shrug of inevitability; Lemann shows exactly what could have been accomplished, and why we instead got Jim Crow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 1/13/2009

    " Terrifying. Reconstruction seems an unfinished project. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 12/30/2008

    " Distracted reading over Christmas break. Journalistic take on one slice of reconstruction. Glaring error on page one is the main point that lingers... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 8/10/2008

    " This book does a great job of researching what happened to destroy reconstruction - very thoroughly documented and well-written. totally devastating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Devin | 2/17/2008

    " A good argument for the revision of the longstanding view regarding reconstruction as overly harsh and the cause of its own demise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miranda | 1/8/2008

    " Great story, important history, but unfortunately not particularly well written or interesting in this telling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 8/3/2007

    " What gives, America? Get it together. This is quick account of Reconstruction in the Deep South, when the Democratic party basically became a wing of the Klan, like Sinn Fein except with power. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 5/13/2007

    " Importance of the subject matter rates 5 stars, the execution rates 3. "

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About the Author

Nicholas Lemann, dean of the School of Journalism at Columbia University, is the author of The Big Test (FSG, 1999) and the prizewinning The Promised Land. He lives with his family in Pelham, New York.