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Redemption : The Last Battle Of The Civil War

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Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War In Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, Nicholas Lemann describes how reconstruction failed because of the violent strategies and intimidation of white southerners to African Americans, which took place mainly in Southern states like Mississippi and Louisiana. Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation to free slaves in the south in 1863. Later on, the thirteenth amendment was ratified to abolish slavery in 1865. Even though these documents were completed, African Americans were still fighting for their rights and went through hardships to keep their rights with the help of a few leaders. White Southerners believed that racial hierarchy was the natural order and that’s the only order they will go by. Now that blacks are able to vote in the South, the Republicans were winning elections with the help of the black voters. Ruling from the blacks were not accepted by the whites. On April 13, 1873, Louisiana white government and army, the White League attacked black Republican voters. The Colfax Massacre took place in Colfax, Louisiana. It was one of the racial violence incidents that led to the death of more than a hundred African Americans. The southern Democrats feared that African Americans would vote Republican and consider to be equal. The White League wanted to secure white rule in Louisiana. This massacre concluded that it would be hard to promise the safety of African Americans and show what will continue
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