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The Jackson County War: Reconstruction and Resistance in Post-civil War Florida,9780817317454

The Jackson County War: Reconstruction and Resistance in Post-civil War Florida



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Univ of Alabama Pr
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The Jackson County Waroffers original conclusions explaining why Jackson County became the bloodiest region in Reconstruction Florida and is the first book-length treatment of the subject. From early 1869 through the end of 1871, citizens of Jackson County, Florida, slaughtered their neighbors by the score. The nearly threeyear frenzy of bloodshed became known as the Jackson County War. The killings, close to one hundred and by some estimates twice that number, brought Jackson County the notoriety of being the most violent county in Florida during the Reconstruction era. Daniel R. Weinfeld has made a thorough investigation of contemporary accounts. He adds an assessment of recently discovered information, and presents a critical evaluation of the standard secondary sources. The Jackson County Warfocuses on the role of the Freedmen's Bureau, the emergence of white "Regulators," and the development of African American political consciousness and leadership. It follows the community's descent after the Civil War into disorder punctuated by furious outbursts of violence until the county settled into uneasy stability seven years later. The Jackson County War emerges as an emblem of all that could and did go wrong in the uneasy years after Appomattox and that left a residue of hatred and fear that endured for generations.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xv
Like So Many Children, 1865p. 1
Those Pests That Remind Us Daily of Our Degradation, 1866p. 9
You Can't Come Here with Any Such Equality, 1867p. 29
Depression Is Almost Universal Here, 1868p. 50
They Believe There in Gunpowder Entirely, 1869p. 65
A Small Hell on Earth, 1869p. 83
I Have No Ambition to Fill a More Honorable Grave, 1870-1871p. 103
Whatever It Was, It Has Passed Awayp. 131
Biographical Index of Major Figures in the Jackson County Warp. 145
Government Officialsp. 157
Notesp. 161
Bibliographyp. 189
Indexp. 196
Illustrations followp. 82
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