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An Absolute Massacre
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents, List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. 1. Give Us a Free State
  2. pp. 5-18
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  1. 2. No Better Constitution
  2. pp. 19-27
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  1. 3. There Is No Middle Ground
  2. pp. 28-42
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  1. 4. We Are in Revolutionary Times
  2. pp. 43-52
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  1. 5. Not More Than Half a Million Will Survive
  2. pp. 53-60
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  1. 6. Please Instruct Me at Once by Telegram
  2. pp. 61-68
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  1. 7. To-morrow Will Be the Bloodiest Day
  2. pp. 69-86
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  1. 8. You Better Stay Home
  2. pp. 87-96
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  1. 9. Go Away, You Black Son of a Bitch
  2. pp. 97-106
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  1. 10. For God's Sake, Don't Shoot Us!
  2. pp. 107-116
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  1. 11. Hurrah for Hell
  2. pp. 117-125
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  1. 12. Can I Go Home?
  2. pp. 126-137
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  1. 13. The Rebels Have Control Here
  2. pp. 138-150
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  1. Postscript
  2. pp. 151-155
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 157-163
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 165-168
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