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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (116 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Budiansky Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From 1866 to 1876, more than 3,000 free African Americans and their white allies were killed in cold blood by terrorist organizations in the South.

Over the years, this fact would not only be forgotten, but a series of exculpatory myths would arise to cover the tracks of this orchestrated campaign of atrocity and violence. Little memory would persist of the simple truth: that a well-organized and directed terrorist movement, led by ex-Confederates who refused to accept the verdict of Appomattox and the enfranchisement of the freedmen, succeeded in overthrowing the freely elected representative governments of every Southern state.

Stephen Budiansky brings to life this largely forgotten but epochal chapter of American history through the intertwining lives of five courageous men who tried to stop the violence and keep the dream of freedom and liberty alive. They include James Longstreet, the ablest general of the Confederate army, who would be vilified and ostracized for insisting that the South must accept the terms of the victor and the enfranchisement of black men; Lewis Merrill of the 7th Cavalry, who fought the Klan in South Carolina; and Prince Rivers, who escaped from slavery, fought for the Union, became a state representative and magistrate, and died performing the same menial labor he had as a slave.

Using letters and diaries left by these men, as well as startlingly hateful diatribes published in Southern newspapers after the war, Budiansky proves beyond a doubt that terrorism is hardly new to America. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan | 1/12/2014

    " An outstanding piece of historical writing. I couldn't put it down. The true story of what happened during Reconstruction following the Civil War. Deeply disturbing and deeply relevant to an understanding of contemporary America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by C. Paul | 11/29/2013

    " holy shit, reconstruction is terrifying! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by melvinhiddenelder | 1/10/2012

    " This book might be considered melodramatic or over wrought, but I think that is a cop-out. This book gets as down and dirty as the Klan after the war and it is necessary to see this part of history in that context. A striking book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sarah | 12/6/2011

    " Actually, I didn't finish this book. I couldn't continue reading it and I can't remember why. "

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