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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: May 2008 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 Sarah | 12/6/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barrett | 8/26/2011

    " A chilling, but insightful and thoroughly researched account of how the South systematically rebuked all that the North fought for during the war by embarking on a campaign of terror and cowardice that set the civil rights movement back 100 years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnny McAllister | 8/24/2011

    " Should be required reading for all South Carolina High School Graduates, Members of The South Carolina General Assembly, Judiciary and Constitutional Officers! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 D. Ennis | 3/20/2011

    " A very narrow scope of Reconstruction but the accounts are very personal. This book ranges outside of my usual interest in history and I'm very glad I took the time to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clay Davis | 10/22/2010

    " This book gives a detailed story on the ways things were after the Civil War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jj Kwashnak | 5/18/2010

    " Sad thing is the rhetoric of the Reconstruction era sounds so familiar to our modern era. The more things change... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mo Johnston | 2/25/2010

    " Actually shocking and very, very sad. "I met a traveler from an antique land..." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 melvinhiddenelder | 6/30/2009

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 8/20/2008

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barrett | 7/21/2008

    " A chilling, but insightful and thoroughly researched account of how the South systematically rebuked all that the North fought for during the war by embarking on a campaign of terror and cowardice that set the civil rights movement back 100 years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnny | 2/12/2008

    " Should be required reading for all South Carolina High School Graduates, Members of The South Carolina General Assembly, Judiciary and Constitutional Officers! "

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About the Author
Author Stephen Budiansky

Stephen Budiansky is a military historian and the author of several books about military history, intelligence and espionage, science, and the natural world, including Battle of Wits, The Bloody Shirt, and Her Majesty’s Spymaster. He received a master’s degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University and worked on classified military studies as a congressional fellow. He is a former editor and writer at U.S. News & World Report and the Atlanticas well as the former Washington editor of the scientific journal Nature. His articles have appeared in the Economist, the New York Times, and U.S. News & World Report. He lives in Virginia.

About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.