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

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

Paperback Library of Alabama Classics

By (author) William Warren Rogers, By (author) Robert David Ward

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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

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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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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.