Memphis Massacre 1866: Memories of a Massacre

Here’s a pretty good conference on the Memphis Massacre of 1866.

Panel One: “Slavery and Slave Life in the Mississippi Valley”

Joshua Rothman- “The Cotton Economy and the Rebirth of Slavery”
J. Calvin Schermerhorn- “Cash for Slaves: The African American Trail of Tears”
Max Grivno- “Death on the River: Slavery in the Yazoo Mississippi Delta”

Panel Two: “Civil War and Emancipation in the Mississippi Valley”

Joseph P. Reidy, Howard University- “Black Soldiers and Sailors: Rebuilding Families and the Nation amidst the Chaos of Civil War in the Mississippi Valley” (Paper presented by Co-Director: Beverly Bond)
Jim Downs, Connecticut College- “Dying to be Free: The Deadly Consequences of Emancipation”
John C. Rodrigue, Stonehill College- “From Emancipation to Abolition in Civil-War Tennessee”

Jim Downs and John Rodrigue are especially useful.

Panel Four: “The Memphis Massacre”

“Historians talked about race relations in post-Civil War Memphis and the lives of freed blacks in the city both before and after the 1866 riot that resulted in the massacre of dozens of African Americans. They discussed the testimonies of freed women who were assaulted during the melee and the role of federal U.S. Colored Troops stationed near the city.”

The Memphis Massacre Panel consisted of Stephen V. Ash, University of Tennessee, Hannah Rosen, College of William and Mary, and Andrew Slap, East Tennessee State University.

Panel Five: “The Radicalization of Reconstruction”

“Historians talked about the ways society was fundamentally different after the Civil War. They described the importance of community organizing for freed blacks in the South, the role of former Confederate military groups, and evolving political rights during this era.”

The Radicalization of Reconstruction Panel consisted of Julie Saville, University of Chicago, Carole Emberton, SUNY-Buffalo, and Timothy S. Huebner, Rhodes College.

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