Unpunished murder : the Colfax massacre and the Supreme Court
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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.
ContentsA new government : Alexander Hamilton and "Brutus"
The Supreme Court is born : John Marshall
Less than human : Roger Taney and Dred Scott
Remaking America : Andrew Johnson and Thaddeus Stevens
Some odd arithmetic : who won the war?
Two amendments and a dream of equality : John Bingham
The Klan : Nathan Bedford Forrest and Mary Polk Branch
Reconstruction in black and white : Harriet Ann Jacobs and Frank Alexander Montgomery
An island for Freedmen : Colfax
Fraud runs wild : Samuel McEnery and William Kellogg
Reconstruction ascendant : Blanche K. Bruce
Massacre : James Hadnot
The wheels of justice : J.R. Beckwith
Civil rights on trial
Is justice language or an idea? : Joseph P. Bradley
The most important judge in the nation : Morrison Waite
Civil rights : Charles Sumner
One hundred years of freedom : Philadelphia and the White League
The end of the line
President by one vote : the Fifteenth Man.
Published ReviewsBooklist Review: "
-- Supreme Court
-- 19th century
-- Juvenile literature.
United States. -- Supreme Court.
African Americans -- Crimes against -- Louisiana -- Colfax -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile literature.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Louisiana -- Juvenile literature.
Constitutional law -- United States -- Juvenile literature.
Massacres -- Louisiana -- Colfax -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Colfax (Louisiana).
Massacres -- Colfax (Louisiana).
Constitutional law -- United States.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.