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Unpunished murder : massacre at Colfax and the quest for justice

by Goldstone, Lawrence, 1947-

Format: Print Book 2018.
Availability: Available at 9 Libraries 9 of 9 copies
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Teen Non-Fiction F379.C59 G65 2018
Location  CLP - Allegheny Regional
Collection  Teen Non-Fiction
Call Number  F379.C59 G65 2018
CLP - East Liberty Teen Non-Fiction Collection F379.C59 G65 2018
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Collection  Teen Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  F379.C59 G65 2018
CLP - Homewood Teen Non-Fiction F379.C59 G65 2018
Location  CLP - Homewood
Collection  Teen Non-Fiction
Call Number  F379.C59 G65 2018
CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Non-Fiction F379.C59 G65 2018
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Call Number  F379.C59 G65 2018
CLP - Squirrel Hill Teen Non-Fiction F379.C59 G65 2018
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Collection  Teen Non-Fiction
Call Number  F379.C59 G65 2018
CLP - Woods Run Teen Non-Fiction F379.C59 G65 2018
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Collection  Teen Non-Fiction
Call Number  F379.C59 G65 2018
Mt. Lebanon Public Library New Young Adult YA 976.3 Gol
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Northland Public Library Teen TEEN 976.36 G57
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Penn Hills Library Youth Y 976.367 GOL
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The riveting story of how the Supreme Court turned a blind eye on justice, stripped away the equal rights promised to all Americans, and ushered in the era of Jim Crow.

On Easter Sunday of 1873, just eight years after the Civil War ended, a band of white supremacists marched into Grant Parish, Louisiana, and massacred over one hundred unarmed African Americans. The court case that followed reached the highest court in the land. Yet, following one of the most ghastly incidents of mass murder in American history, not one person was convicted.

The opinion issued by the Supreme Court in US v. Cruikshank set in motion a process that would help create a society in which black Americans were oppressed and denied basic human rights -- legally, according to the courts. These injustices paved the way for Jim Crow and would last for the next hundred years. Many continue to exist to this day.

In this compelling and thoroughly researched volume for young readers, Lawrence Goldstone traces the evolution of the law and the fascinating characters involved in the story of how the Supreme Court helped institutionalize racism in the American justice system.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* This information-packed book discusses the origins and repercussions of the Colfax massacre. In central Louisiana in 1873, white supremacists surrounded a courthouse where more than 100 formerly enslaved men had taken refuge. The attackers set the building ablaze and, after the freedmen came out and surrendered their weapons, shot them. No one was convicted of those murders. A Supreme Court decision related to the massacre resulted in the dismantling of Reconstruction and the swift return of widespread discrimination and violence against black Americans, particularly in the South. Offering a broad view of the issues, Goldstone presents a great deal of relevant background material on constitutional history, the federal court system, and the Dred Scott decision as well as describing significant individuals and political factions during the Reconstruction period. The illustrations include period portraits, photos, and political cartoons. Though the many details regarding government officials, judicial rulings, and widespread corruption during the period can be fascinating, students without a solid foundation in American history may lose interest. Those who persevere will find a gripping story and a well-informed perspective on American history. Spotlighting an event seldom discussed in books for young people, Goldstone provides a complex, useful historical context for understanding issues surrounding race and justice.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects United States. -- Supreme Court -- History -- 19th century.
African Americans -- Crimes against -- Louisiana -- Colfax -- History -- 19th century.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Louisiana.
Constitutional law -- United States.
Massacres -- Louisiana -- Colfax.
Publisher New York :2018.
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xxi, 262 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-245) and index.
ISBN 9781338239454
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