But There Was No Peace

The Role of Violence in the Politics of Reconstruction

Title Details

Pages: 272

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 10/01/2007

ISBN: 9-780-8203-3011-2

List Price: $32.95

But There Was No Peace

The Role of Violence in the Politics of Reconstruction

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This is a comprehensive examination of the use of violence by conservative southerners in the post-Civil War South to subvert Federal Reconstruction policies, overthrow Republican state governments, restore Democratic power, and reestablish white racial hegemony. Historians have often stressed the limited and even conservative nature of Federal policy in the Reconstruction South. However, George C. Rable argues, white southerners saw the intent and the results of that policy as revolutionary. Violence therefore became a counterrevolutionary instrument, placing the South in a pattern familiar to students of world revolution.

Compelling and comprehensive . . . Shows Reconstruction to have been bloodier and deadlier than many would like to concede.

Library Journal

An imaginative, well-written book . . . Correctly identifies conservative white resistance to Reconstruction as a counterrevolutionary movement willing to use any means necessary to eliminate Republican conrol of state and local government.

American Historical Review

Rable has done a prodigious amount of digging in the sources. . . . A useful guide to the grimmer side of Reconstruction history.

Journal of American History

Brings to us the simple and terrible reminder that there was no peace for blacks and their white supporters in Dixie . . . A well-written monograph that clarifies both the successes and failures of Reconstruction.

Journal of Southern History

About the Author/Editor

GEORGE C. RABLE is Professor and Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama. His books include Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg! and The Confederate Republic.