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Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War

Carole Emberton


In the months after the end of the Civil War, there was one word on everyone’s lips: redemption. From the fiery language of Radical Republicans calling for a reconstruction of the former Confederacy to the petitions of those individuals who had worked the land as slaves, and to the white supremacists who would bring an end to Reconstruction in the late 1870s, this crucial concept informed the ways in which many people—both black and white, northerner and southerner—imagined the transformation of the American South. This book explores how the violence of a protracted civil war shaped the meanin ... More

Keywords: redemption, Radical Republicans, confederacy, slaves, white supremacists, reconstruction, american south, civil war, freedom, citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226024271
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226024301.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carole Emberton, author