Reconstruction and the Arc of Racial (in)Justice
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Reconstruction and the Arc of Racial (in)Justice

Edited by Julian M. Hayter and George R. Goethals

This collection of original essays and commentary considers not merely how history has shaped the continuing struggle for racial equality, but also how backlash and resistance to racial reforms continue to dictate the state of race in America. Informed by a broad historical perspective, this book focuses primarily on the promise of Reconstruction, and the long demise of that promise. It traces the history of struggles for racial justice from the post US Civil War Reconstruction through the Jim Crow era, the Civil Rights and Voting Rights decades of the 1950s and 1960s to the present day.
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Chapter 4: Never get over it: night-riding’s imprint on African American victims

Kidada E. Williams

Abstract

Chapter 4 discusses the effects of night-riding and white terrorism on African Americans and on how they came to view the world in which they lived. Kidada E. Williams narrows her focus to the attack on one family, examining their lives before, during, and after the attack. Williams argues that night-riding and white terrorism impacted African Americans far beyond the moment of attack in ways that were physical, economic, and psychological and that these effects further shaped African Americans’ worldviews.

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