Author Signing - The Thibodaux Massacre by John DeSantis

Event date: 
02/06/2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
100 N Range Ave.
Denham Springs, LA 70726

Author John DeSamtis will be on hand to answer questions and sign copies of his book The Thibodaux Massacre: Racial Violence and the 1887 Sugar Cane Labor Strike.

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.

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ISBN: 9781467136891
Availability: Special Order
Published: History Press - November 14th, 2016

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.