August Reckoning: Jack Turner and Racism in Post-Civil War AlabamaPaperback Library of Alabama Classics
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- Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
- Format: Paperback | 207 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 15mm | 272g
- Publication date: 30 September 2004
- Publication City/Country: Alabama
- ISBN 10: 0817351191
- ISBN 13: 9780817351199
- Edition statement: New.
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
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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William Warren Rogers is Emeritus Professor of History at Florida State University and author of The One-Gallused Rebellion: Agrarianism in Alabama. Robert David Ward is Emeritus Professor of History at Georgia Southern University and coauthor (with Rogers) of Convicts, Coal, and the Banner Mine Tragedy.