An Absolute Massacre

The New Orleans Race Riot of July 30, 1866
Product Number: EB00799502
Released: Dec 14, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780807151310
Publisher: LSU Press
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In the summer of 1866, racial tensions ran high in Louisiana as a constitutional convention considered disenfranchising former Confederates and enfranchising blacks. On July 30, a procession of black suffrage supporters pushed through an angry throng of hostile whites. Words were exchanged, shots rang out, and within minutes a riot erupted with unrestrained fury. When it was over, at least forty-eight men—an overwhelming majority of them black—lay dead and more than two hundred had been wounded. In An Absolute Massacre, James G. Hollandsworth, Jr., examines the events surrounding the confrontation and offers a compelling look at the racial tinderbox that was the post-Civil War South.

Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Oct 01, 2004

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