The Thibodaux Massacre: Racial Violence and the 1887 Sugar Cane Labor Strike (Paperback)

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On November 23, 1887, white vigilantes gunned down unarmed black laborers and their families during a spree lasting more than two hours. The violence erupted due to strikes on Louisiana sugar cane plantations. Fear, rumor and white supremacist ideals clashed with an unprecedented labor action to create an epic tragedy. A future member of the U.S. House of Representatives was among the leaders of a mob that routed black men from houses and forced them to a stretch of railroad track, ordering them to run for their lives before gunning them down. According to a witness, the guns firing in the black neighborhoods sounded like a battle. Author and award-winning reporter John DeSantis uses correspondence, interviews and federal records to detail this harrowing true story.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781467136891
ISBN-10: 1467136891
Publisher: History Press
Publication Date: November 14th, 2016
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: True Crime