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Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil Warby Lemann, Nicholas
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Retail Price: $24.00
Issue: Fall 2006
Having lost the war, some white Southerners began the Reconstruction era determined to win the battle at home. Believing it their duty to marginalize the civil rights bestowed to blacks in the form of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments, certain groups in Mississippi employed violence and intimidation to suppress the African-American vote. Mississippians' efforts to redeem their state, says Nicholas Lemann, hastened the death of Reconstruction and hampered the civil rights movement for years to come.