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What Was the Colfax Massacre?

I am going to try to avoid names, but right now in Europe and the US there is a lot of political violence that has become very racial. One of the presidential candidates in the 21st century is campaigning on as close to an openly racist ticket I think someone can. So to say my piece, I am going to talk about one dark corner of US history, where we can learn that then as now, politics is more than just rhetoric. Under the pageantry, it is deadly serious. This is the story of the Colfax massacre. I warn that this is going to be quite a bit darker than my normal videos.

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American history gets ever weirder and more interesting. Watch some more discussions of American history and culture here:

Read More:
Lane, Charles (2008). The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, the Supreme Court, and the Betrayal of Reconstruction:
Keith, Leeanna, The Colfax Massacre: The Untold Story of Black Power, White Terror, & The Death of Reconstruction:
Foner, Eric (1988). Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863–1877:

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Gavin Lynn
Billy Hathorn
KAZ Vorpal
Gage Skidmore
Robert Couse-Baker
Robert Thivierge

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