The Thibodaux Massacre: Racial Violence and the 1887 Sugar Cane Labor Strike

The Thibodaux Massacre Racial Violence and the Sugar Cane Labor Strike On November white vigilantes gunned down unarmed black laborers and their families during a spree lasting than two hours The violence erupted due to strikes on Louisiana sugar cane plantatio

  • Title: The Thibodaux Massacre: Racial Violence and the 1887 Sugar Cane Labor Strike
  • Author: John Desantis
  • ISBN: 9781467136891
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • On November 23, 1887, white vigilantes gunned down unarmed black laborers and their families during a spree lasting than two hours The violence erupted due to strikes on Louisiana sugar cane plantations Fear, rumor and white supremacist ideals clashed with an unprecedented labor action to create an epic tragedy A future member of the U.S House of Representatives wOn November 23, 1887, white vigilantes gunned down unarmed black laborers and their families during a spree lasting than two hours The violence erupted due to strikes on Louisiana sugar cane plantations Fear, rumor and white supremacist ideals clashed with an unprecedented labor action to create an epic tragedy A future member of the U.S House of Representatives was among the leaders of a mob that routed black men from houses and forced them to a stretch of railroad track, ordering them to run for their lives before gunning them down According to a witness, the guns firing in the black neighborhoods sounded like a battle Author and award winning reporter John DeSantis uses correspondence, interviews and federal records to detail this harrowing true story.

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    1. I really enjoyed this slim volume on what was (until John DeSantis’ book) was mostly hidden Louisiana history. While the official death toll from the November 23, 1887, Massacre of striking black sugar cane workers is eight, DeSantis believes the actual number is between 30 and 60.A key find was the pension application for a black Union Army veteran who grew up in Thibodaux. Jack Conrad’s son Grant was among those killed in the Massacre. Jack Conrad was wounded by several shots but survived. [...]

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