August Reckoning

August Reckoning : Jack Turner and Racism in Post-Civil War Alabama

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During the decades of Bourbon ascendancy after 1874, Alabama institutions - like those in other southern states - were dominated by whites. Former slave and sharecropper Jack Turner refused to accept a society so structured. Highly intelligent, physically imposing, and an orator of persuasive talents, Turner was fearless before whites and emerged as a leader of his race. He helped to forge a political alliance between blacks and whites that defeated and humiliated the Bourbons in Choctaw County, the heart of the Black Belt, in the election of 1882. That summer, after a series of bogus charges and arrests, Turner was accused of planning to lead his private army of blacks in a general slaughter of the county whites. Justice was forgotten in the resultant fear and hysteria.

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  • Paperback | 207 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 15.2mm | 272.16g
  • The University of Alabama Press
  • Alabama, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0817351191
  • 9780817351199

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