The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era

This needs to be a movie.

The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case irresistibly combines intrigue, atmosphere, and scholarly command of the Reconstruction Era—shown here to be a period of promise (bought dearly in the Civil War) too soon yielding to the retrograde actions of Jim Crow. But was our nation’s biggest missed opportunity—to consolidate the gains of the first major civil rights movement after the Revolution itself—inevitable?

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