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The Union League Movement in the Deep South: Politics and Agricultural Change During Reconstructionby Fitzgerald, Michael W. Retail Price: $17.95
Issue: Summer 2001
Originally started in the North as a pro-Lincoln patriotic club, the Union League expanded into the South during Reconstruction, and became a quasi-secret auxiliary of the Republican Party, initiating thousands of freed blacks into its rituals and membership. Michl W. Fitzgerald's study focuses on the League's political activity in Mississippi and Alabama, where it extended support to freedmen laborers until the Ku Klux Klan and Redemption made further activism impossible. This paperback edition includes a new preface that discusses recent scholarship on the subject.