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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (100 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Lane Narrator: Jim Bond Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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America after the Civil War was a land of shattered promises and entrenched hatreds. In the explosive South, danger took many forms: white extremists loyal to a defeated world terrorized former slaves, while in the halls of government, bitter and byzantine political warfare raged between Republicans and Democrats.

In The Day Freedom Died, Charles Lane draws us vividly into this war-torn world with a true story whose larger dimensions have never been fully explored. Here is the epic tale of the Colfax Massacre, the mass murder of more than 60 black men on Easter Sunday, 1873, that propelled a small Louisiana town into the center of the nation's consciousness. As the smoke cleared, the perpetrators created a falsified version of events to justify their crimes.

But a tenacious Northern-born lawyer rejected the lies. Convinced that the Colfax murderers must be punished lest the suffering of the Civil War be in vain, U.S. Attorney James Beckwith of New Orleans pursued the killers despite death threats and bureaucratic intrigue - until the final showdown at the Supreme Court of the United States. The ruling that decided the case influenced race relations in the United States for decades.

An electrifying piece of historical detective work, The Day Freedom Died brings to life a gallery of memorable characters in addition to Beckwith: Willie Calhoun, the iconoclastic Southerner who dreamed of building a bastion of equal rights on his Louisiana plantation; Christopher Columbus Nash, the white supremacist avenger who organized the Colfax Massacre; William Ward, the black Union Army veteran who took up arms against white terrorists; Ulysses S. Grant, the well-intentioned but beleaguered president; and Joseph P. Bradley, the brilliant justice of the Supreme Court whose political and legal calculations would shape the drama's troubling final act. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lewis | 9/23/2013

    " Started out strong and got bogged down at the end....depressing story of the failure of the Federal government to support the changes they tried to initiate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Glenn Robinson | 10/25/2012

    " Incredible book. Well researched. A very sad event in the US history where Whites massacred Blacks and got away with it. From what should have been a slam dunk legal case got brought down by legal precedents and manueverings. Very suspenseful and told well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brent | 8/29/2012

    " An important story to tell and Lane's book is very well researched. However, it gets bogged down in detail at times. A note to Supreme Court fans: the book is more bout the massacre than the court case that stemmed from it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rosemary | 6/20/2012

    " Excellent look at Reconstruction and where it went wrong, focusing on the Colfax Massacre in Louisiana and the legal tangle that ensued. "

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