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Rethinking Southern Violence: Homicides in Post-Civil War Louisiana, 1866-1884

by Vandal, Gilles
Publisher: Ohio State Univ Pr (Sd)
Issue: Spring 2001
ISBN: 081420838X

Historian Gilles Vandal finds that Louisiana's English-speaking parishes were more violent in the postbellum years than French-speaking parishes, and that whites committed a higher rate of homicides than did blacks. Lynching and vigilantism sometimes were aimed at crime suppression and targeted both whites and blacks, although they increasingly served a political purpose by intimidating blacks and Republicans. Vandal concludes that "it was in political and economic conditions of the Reconstruction that the roots of modern African American violence can be traced."

review of Rethinking Southern Violence: Homicides in Post-Civil War Louisiana, 1866-1884, by Vandal, Gilles, Civil War Book Review, (Spring 2001).