• 25. The “End” of Reconstruction: Disputed Election of 1876, and the “Compromise of 1877”
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    25. The “End” of Reconstruction: Disputed Election of 1876, and the “Compromise of 1877”

    Professor David Blight: The last book you’re reading in this course is by a great journalist, Nick Lemann. It’s called Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War. There seems to be a contest right now in writing about and publishing about the violence of Reconstruction. It’s really been discovered by American publishers and certainly by American writers. There are no less than three new books out on either the Colfax Massacre, which we’ll talk about in a minute, or what Lemann does mostly in his book, which is the story of Mississippi–sometimes called the Shotgun Policy, sometimes called the Mississippi Plan–but, in effect, a coup d’état whereby the white…