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Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War (Hardcover)

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    In the months after the end of the Civil War, there was one word on everyone’s lips: redemption. From the fiery language of Radical Republicans calling for a reconstruction of the former Confederacy to the petitions of those individuals who had......more

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In the months after the end of the Civil War, there was one word on everyone’s lips: redemption. From the fiery language of Radical Republicans calling for a reconstruction of the former Confederacy to the petitions of those individuals who had worked the land as slaves to the white supremacists who would bring an end to Reconstruction in the late 1870s, this crucial concept informed the ways in which many people—both black and white, northerner and southerner—imagined the transformation of the American South.

Beyond Redemption explores how the violence of a protracted civil war shaped the meaning of freedom and citizenship in the new South. Here, Carole Emberton traces the competing meanings that redemption held for Americans as they tried to come to terms with the war and the changing social landscape. While some imagined redemption from the brutality of slavery and war, others—like the infamous Ku Klux Klan—sought political and racial redemption for their losses through violence. Beyond Redemption merges studies of race and American manhood with an analysis of post-Civil War American politics to offer unconventional and challenging insight into the violence of Reconstruction.

Carole Emberton is assistant professor of history at the University at Buffalo.

Author:
Emberton, Carole
Series Title:
American Beginnings, 1500-1900
Genre:
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
Audience:
College/higher education
Format:
Hardcover
Pages:
285
Language:
English
Publisher:
Univ of Chicago Pr
Publish Date:
06/10/2013
Copyright Year:
2013
ISBN:
9780226024271
Height:
9.25 in
Wdth:
6.25 in
Thickness:
1.0 in
Unit weight:
1.2 lb
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