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"Along with his wonderful abilities as a writer and scholar, Stetson possesses enormous courage, social involvement, and a big heart. . . . He's a brave man, of great conscience, and ought to be accorded a seat alongside Patrick Henry and other great freedom fighters."--Alan Lomax, Association for Cultural Equity
"Throws a clear light on events of the post-Civil War era as they relate to current divisions of class and race in contemporary society. Kennedy's interpretation runs against that of many other scholars, but certainly it is well supported and coherent and has the added force of strong argument."--Patricia Waterman, University of South Florida
Stetson Kennedy's premise--argued and documented here as never before--is that the verdict of Appomattox was largely reversed during Reconstruction. The determined southern oligarchy, he says, wrenched political and cultural victory out of military defeat.
In this dramatic contribution to the history of Reconstruction, Kennedy brings to light thirty-three "long-buried" testimonials from victims and perpetrators of Ku Klux Klan terror that were taken by a Joint Congressional Committee in 1871-72. They form the core of this account of the decade following the Civil War, which Kennedy describes as a period of "Holocaust, demagoguery, chicanery, fraud, and psychological warfare that culminated in the Deal of 1876."
That "deal," struck between Democrats and Republicans in a smoke-filled room of the Wormsley Hotel in Washington, D.C., essentially revoked the unconditional surrender of the South at Appomattox. It gave Republican Rutherford B. Hayes the victory in the disputed presidential election of 1876 in return for the withdrawal of federal troops from the southern states, and Kennedy contends that it diluted the power of the hard-won 14th and 15th Amendments and led to the imposition of the Jim Crow system after Reconstruction.
Work on After Appomattox began with Kennedy's discovery of thirteen volumes of testimony--given to a Senate committee by former slaves--housed in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in the New York Public Library. The interviews--chilling, heartbreaking, and plain-spoken--describe how "the black and white targets of the Klan terror chose not to arm themselves or bond together for protection, counterattack, or counterterrorism. They simply stood as individuals against their tormentors, and, for refusing to renounce their rights, were often killed." Citing the testimony of one former slave, undeterred from voting by a near-fatal flogging, he quotes, "I can be strong in a good cause."
Stetson Kennedy is the author of Palmetto Country, Southern Exposure, The Klan Unmasked, and Jim Crow Guide: The Way It Was, all reissued in paperback by UPF. He has received numerous honors recognizing his work for peace and racial equality, from the Negro Freedom Rally People's Award in 1947 to the 1991 Cavallo Foundation Award for civic courage.
The grandson of a Confederate officer, he is a native of Florida and lives in Jacksonville.
From Publishers Weekly: Kennedy (Jim Crow Guide), longtime civil rights activist and student of American racism, argues here that Union victory in the Civil War was almost immediately reversed. Taking full advantage of the federal government's postwar leniency toward their rebellion, unreconstructed Confederates instituted a reign of terror against blacks and their few white supporters. Kennedy documents his case largely with testimonials taken by a congressional committee in 1871-72. They describe a pattern of brutality essentially unchecked by the Union occupying forces. At the same time, the South opened an intellectual offensive that succeeded in convincing its conquerors, well before the Compromise of 1876 gave the Republicans the presidency, that segregation and white supremacy would benefit the entire reunited nation. This depressing account highlights the difficulties of ``reconstructing'' any society unconvinced of a need to change. Illustrations not seen by PW.
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Titolo: After Appomattox: How the South Won the War
Casa editrice: University Press of Florida
Data di pubblicazione: 1995
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro University Press of Florida, 1995. Condizione libro: Good. illustrated edition. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP94706486
Descrizione libro University Press of Florida, c.1995, 1995. hardcover, Condizione libro: Good, University Press of Florida, c.1995, 1st., 8vo., cloth, 321pp., some highlighting, G/G $. Codice libro della libreria 81557
Descrizione libro University Press of Florida April 1995, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good - Cash. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Unmarked text, secure binding. Minor wear to cover and pages. Great condition. Codice libro della libreria 633919
Descrizione libro University Press of Florida March 1995, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used - Like New. Very nice clean, tight copy free of any marks. Like new. Codice libro della libreria 221600
Descrizione libro Gainesville, FL, U.S.A.: University Press of Florida, 1995, 1995. F in wraps, first paperback edition. 321 pages, octavo. A detailed look at how the south retailiated during the recronstruction, the terror of the Klu Klux Klan, and the actual outcome of the Civil War. Codice libro della libreria sh3336
Descrizione libro University Press of Florida, 1995. Hardbound. Condizione libro: Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Good. Book has 321 pages in a tight binding. No edgewear to the cover. Jacket is wrapped in plastic. Chapter titles include: Our Big Lie; The Johnson Restoration; Congressional Reconstruction; Election Year and more. Ex-Library. Codice libro della libreria 007286
Descrizione libro University Press of Florida, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG0813013410
Descrizione libro University Press of Florida, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Codice libro della libreria P020813013410
Descrizione libro University Press of Florida, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Like New. Almost new condition. Codice libro della libreria P010813013410
Descrizione libro University Press of Florida. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. 0813013410 Like New Condition. Codice libro della libreria LN7.1335501