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by Professor Nicholas Lemann,Michael Prichard

ISBN: 159895881X
ISBN13: 978-1598958812
Language: English
Publisher: Findaway World; Unabridged edition (February 12, 2007)
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Ten years after the end of the Civil War, an organized group of terrorists successfully overthrew legitimate governments in the American South

Ten years after the end of the Civil War, an organized group of terrorists successfully overthrew legitimate governments in the American South. Using techniques as varied as economic threats, political intimidation and outright murder, these white terrorists "redeemed" their states from the wrongs they thought had been committed against them by the federal government.

The standard history of the Civil War is that America fought a bloody war to abolish slavery and the South lost

The standard history of the Civil War is that America fought a bloody war to abolish slavery and the South lost. As Nicholas Lemann makes so clear in this compelling book, it was hardly that simple.

Following a recent academic re-evaluation, Nicholas Lemann affirms the Reconstruction as a noble, thwarted experiment. The troubled effort to build a Southern interracial democracy out of the ashes of the Civil War was over. The story of Reconstruction’s demise in Mississippi is familiar to historians, and Nicholas Lemann, in Redemption, retells it in all its terrible gore.

history: the failure of Reconstruction to consolidate a nonracial democracy in the South. The story focuses on Adelbert Ames, son-in-law of the much-hated Massachusetts radical Benjamin Butler

In the decade from the end of the Civil War to the fraudulent brokered election of Rutherford Hayes, two of the most shameful crimes of American history occurred in tandem: the murderous re-establishment of White rule in the former Confederacy, initiating a century of racial oppression and apartheid enforced by lynching; and the devolution of the "Free Soil Free Labor" Republican Party.

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Nicholas Lemann's intention in Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil .

Nicholas Lemann's intention in Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War is to bring this forgotten story to a wider audience and explain why southern democracy and civil rights were snuffed out. Redemption covers incidents of political violence in Mississippi and Louisiana between 1873 and 1876. In an otherwise highly readable book, it is distracting when Lemann refers to a young black man seeking entry into West Point as a "colored boy" (p. 47).

Written on a dramatic human scale . . . an arresting piece of popular history. -Sean Wilentz, New York Times
Comments:
Ndyardin
A wonderfully readable and informative book. If you do not know much about the reconstruction period this book is both entertaining and enlightening. It is entirely focused on the breakdown of reconstruction in Mississippi and the political and military strategy and actions of the conservative white democrats of the state in their effort to wrest power away from the freedmen, carpetbaggers, and scalawags.

I would have liked to have more details about reconstruction in other states, especially in such a readible narrative but mississippi is important because the strategies used here were replicated in other states. For this reason, I did not reduce the amount of stars. A top rate book for amateur historians. Those wanting a scientific academic treatment may be disappointed, but there are plenty of footnotes for you to continue investigation.

Kelerana
Another great historical book of great significance that all should read! This book gives a better account of the Geo-Political atmosphere during Reconstruction, one of the most trying times in American History.

Kirimath
Ten years after the end of the Civil War, an organized group of terrorists successfully overthrew legitimate governments in the American South. Using techniques as varied as economic threats, political intimidation and outright murder, these white terrorists "redeemed" their states from the wrongs they thought had been committed against them by the federal government. The "wrongs" in question stem from the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, guaranteeing African-Americans full and equal participation in politics and opening the door to the possibilities of racial amity after centuries of the degradations and horrors of slavery.

Nicholas Lemann interprets this dismal subjugation of African-Americans and their white allies in his fast-paced, richly anecdotal "Redeemed." Lemann describes, analyzes and punctures the myth propagated by racist white Southerners (and sadly embraced by war-weary, disillusioned Northerners) that Reconstruction was evil incarnate -- a decade that encouraged Black vengeance, abetted by nefarious, self-serving white "carpetbaggers." Indeed, the author turns the white argument on its head; ridiculing this "white fantasy of courage and self-protection against an unimaginably horrible Negro threat," Lemann rails against the very term "Redemption," a term white Southerners used to imply "a divine sanction" for their "campaign of political violence, defiance of national government and local repeal of part of the Constitution."

Against this backdrop of denial of constitutional rights, Lemann focuses on Adelbert Ames, a white Civil War hero who assumes responsibility as the governor of Mississippi, a state seething with white resentment. Initially opportunistic and cavalier about African-American rights, Ames evolves -- politically and personally -- into a passionate advocate of the civil and political rights of the newly enfranchised African-American. Through the prism of Ames' governorship, Lemann details the ferocity of racist resistance and the discouraging lack of commitment from the national government, once the champion of the former slave. Ames fall from political power parallels the ascension of neo-slavery in the South.

Included in "Redeemed" is a powerful concluding chapter that summarizes how historians and molders of public opinion warped Americans perception of the immediate post-Civil War period. A blatantly racist interpretation of Reconstruction (one historian labeled enforcement of the 14th and 15th Amendments "the most soul-sickening spectacle that Americans have ever been called upon to behold") justified Jim Crow laws. President Wilson lauded the disgusting portrayal of African-Americans in D. W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation;" he stated that "it is like writing history with lightening." The United States has struggled with the costs of forsaking racial justice since, and only until the Civil Rights era of the mid-twentieth century did the nation's attention once again return to the unfinished promise of the Civil War.

Written for a large audience, "Redemption" is not without flaws. On the very first page, Nicholas Lemann inexplicably misinterprets the legal impact of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. The author may be guilty of overestimating Ames' idealism and understating his otherwise understandable ambition. Notwithstanding, "Redemption" is an important book, a healthy antidote to the millions of words spent justifying racist terrorism.

Kulalbine
Well written book that describes the social conditions in the south concerning relationships between the races in the years after the war. The book sheds light on a important period in American history that is still influencing society today.

Araath
This book was purchased for a class. It provides a very informative account on a troubling time period in American history.

Ffleg
Well, Nick Lemann has done it again. As he did in his groundbreaking and award winning book "The Promise Land," Professor Lemann has again burrowed deep beneath the surface of American culture into its undercurrents and subtext to mine more pure gold. Despite the fact that he is a Southerner, few historians of American culture exhibit the exquisite balance and honesty on the sensitive issue of race as does Nick Lemann. You can take his narratives of American history to the bank. He is the genuine article. Amen.

In this little gem, which will inevitably become a classic of American history, Lemann tells the story of what happened after the Civil war, in fact what happened after Reconstruction. He does so at eye level and in vivid color. He tells us of how the south was "redeemed," and how America became "One Racist White Nation Under God." Leaning heavily on WEB DuBois' work, but without the socialist over and undertones, Lemann makes no mistake about the fact that the radioactive fallout, the racist culture we have today, is nothing but the background noise from America's own Cosmic Big Bang, the Civil War.

Mostly through the eyes of Adelbert Ames, the Civil War hero from Maine, who served as the Governor of Mississippi, the author tells about how the 14th and 15th Amendments were declared null and void. Through unremitting murder, brutality and terror by white vigilante groups, the weak kneed Northern occupiers eventually gave in to the southern brand of terror and insurrection, which the author refers to as the "last battle of the Civil War." Neighborhood and regional terror involving the most grotesque and inhuman violence was the motif that was spread across the region and led to a reversal of the Northern victory and a win of the Civil War for the South, a victory that still reverberates through American's race-based culture.

The subtext of the book is at least as important and as potent as are the details of the context. It makes clear that the real birth of the American nation occurred in the aftermath of the Civil War, when the South was Redeemed, in the ineptness and utter lack of commitment on the part of the Northern occupiers to protect what was important about the nation -- its laws and the Constitution against 911-styled terrorism.

For the North, Reconstruction was just an overwhelming "mop-up" operation; for the South, it was existential, a matter of the survival of the white race and the southern way of life.

The north tried to solve the daunting post-Civil War problems by "making it up on the fly" but failed miserably. Their vacillation, ineptness, and lack of commitment as overseers did little more than stoked the fires that gave full expression to the terror underlying the sentiments of DW Griffith movie "Birth of a Nation." That sentiment, basically, was (and to a large extent still is): "Get your guns, the niggers are coming to get our white women."

So, in a real sense, this sentiment underlying DW Griffith's movie is the leitmotif of American culture, and as a result, is a more valid symbol of our nation's birth than is the Constitution, or the Revolutionary War. As Lemann makes clear in the unstated subtext of the book, the South in effect won the Civil War, and today we are still living in the afterglow of the background radiation of the terror that "redeemed" the South.

As an aside to the book, I was fortunate enough to see the C-span interview between Professor Lemann and some University of Maryland Professor, whose name I conveniently forgot. This professor did his best to twist the story in Redemption out of context and into another milquetoast cover story about the meaning of the Civil War and Reconstruction. To his credit, Lemann resisted and in his own diplomatic way, trampled the guy.

Five Stars

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