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Beyond RedemptionRace, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War$
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Carole Emberton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226024271

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226024301.001.0001

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(p.206) Epilogue
Beyond Redemption

Carole Emberton

University of Chicago Press

This chapter suggests that the roots of reconstruction violence lay deep within American politics, culture, and history. The elements of such culture, present since the revolutionary era, became more pronounced during the Civil War. And yet, its violent implications grew worse as slavery was abolished and new opportunities opened up for black Americans. However, this led to the empowerment of African Americans in becoming full American citizens, instead of creating a white supremacist counterrevolution.

Keywords:   slavery, african americans, civil war, white supremacist, violence

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