"An imaginative, well-written book . . . Correctly identifies conservative white resistance to Reconstruction as a counterrevolutionary movement willing to use any means necessary to eliminate Republican conrol of state and local government."
—American Historical Review
"Rable has done a prodigious amount of digging in the sources. . . . A useful guide to the grimmer side of Reconstruction history."
"Brings to us the simple and terrible reminder that there was no peace for blacks and their white supporters in Dixie . . . A well-written monograph that clarifies both the successes and failures of Reconstruction."
—Journal of Southern History
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