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Author Ash, Stephen V., author.
Title A massacre in Memphis : the race riot that shook the nation one year after the Civil War / Stephen V. Ash.
Published New York : Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
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 Floor2  F444.M557 A75 2013    IN LIBRARY
Edition First edition.
Description xiv, 269 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Content Type text
Format volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-254) and index.
Contents Memphis, Tennessee, May 22-24, 1866 -- A city divided. Yankee Memphis ; Rebel Memphis ; Irish Memphis ; Black Memphis -- The Riot. An incident on the Bayou Bridge : Monday, April 30, midafternoon to Tuesday, May 1, late afternoon ; "You have killed him once, what do you want to kill him again for?" : Tuesday, May 1, late afternoon to Wednesday, May 2, first light ; Fire : Wednesday, May 2, early morning to Thursday, May 3, dawn -- The aftermath. Recriminations and investigations ; The Riot is history and memory.
Summary "An unprecedented account of one of the bloodiest and most significant racial clashes in American history In May 1866, just a year after the Civil War ended, Memphis erupted in a three-day spasm of racial violence that saw whites rampage through the city's black neighborhoods. By the time the fires consuming black churches and schools were put out, forty-six freed people had been murdered. Congress, furious at this and other evidence of white resistance in the conquered South, launched what is now called Radical Reconstruction, policies to ensure the freedom of the region's four million blacks--and one of the most remarkable experiments in American history. Stephen V. Ash's A Massacre in Memphis is a portrait of a Southern city that opens an entirely new view onto the Civil War and its aftermath. A momentous national event, the riot is also remarkable for being "one of the best-documented episodes of the American nineteenth century." Yet Ash is the first to mine the sources available to full effect. Bringing postwar Memphis to vivid life, he takes us among newly arrived Yankees, former Rebels, boisterous Irish immigrants, and striving freed people, and shows how Americans of the period worked, prayed, expressed their politics, and imagined the future. And how they died: Ash's harrowing and profoundly moving present-tense narration of the riot has the immediacy of the best journalism. Told with nuance, grace, and a quiet moral passion, A Massacre in Memphis is Civil War-era history like no other"-- Provided by publisher.
"An unprecedented account of one of the bloodiest and most significant racial clashes in American history"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Memphis Race Riot, Memphis, Tenn., 1866.
African Americans -- Violence against -- Tennessee -- Memphis -- History -- 19th century.
Memphis (Tenn.) -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century.
ISBN 9780809067978 hardback
0809067978 hardback
OCLC number 827256867