Redemption For Whom? Essay

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Lemann’s Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War gives the reader an account of events, many of which are violent, just after the end of the Civil War. On the surface, Lemann spends great time documenting the violence faced by southern blacks and the life of Adelbert Ames. However, the backdrop is more complex and deals with the changing environment in the United States. Most importantly, the need of the United States needed to integrate four million former slaves into society. Lemann states the purpose of this book is to answer the question “what kinds of lives black people might live in the South now depended on the freed slaves’ organizing abilities and on the reliability of their ...view middle of the document...

At first the reader is confused with the prolonged narrative concerning Ames and his rise to power as the governor of Mississippi. However, Ames’ life shows the political climate and posturing that occurs during a time of struggle. At first, Adelbert Ames had little interest in voting rights for blacks and thought compromise was better than defeat (33). However, these sentiments changed as he later exclaimed “the negroes who had been declared free by the United States were not free, in fact that they were living under a code that made them worse than slaves” (55). Ames was appointed as provisional governor of Mississippi and as United States senator by the republican Mississippi legislature. After his new found beliefs of black suffrage he ran for and won the Mississippi governorship. Now, with Ames as governor and his view of blacks’ rights the whites feared the worst, a government ruled by numbers not intelligence (69). Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar former Confederate general and newly elected United States congressman would lead the political fight against Ames and blacks’ rights. It is clear that Ames lost the political battle from his deal with the legislature to avoid impeachment and the portrait painted of him by Senator John Kennedy in his book Profiles in Courage and the later documentary version by the National Broadcasting Company (205-08).
Lastly, public sentiment played a vital role in this battle. The country was dealing with the financial panic of 1873...

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