The short-lived period of Reconstruction in the former Confederacy was met with defiance, violence, and a growing sense of chaos and danger — and that powder keg exploded on Easter Sunday in 1873, when the residents of tiny Colfax, Louisiana went to war with each other.
A Struggling Plantation Owner Reaches Out to a Freed Slave with an Offer He Can, Quite Easily, Refuse
After emancipation decimated the labor supply of a Nashville-area plantation, its struggling master offers a former slave the chance to return. The response he received is one for the history books.
People from all walks of life conspire to vengeance after a 1917 murder. Law enforcement is all but suspended as an organized committee forms to abduct a suspect from police custody and stage a horrific public spectacle.
In 1891, a mob of close to 20,000 gathered at the Henry Clay statue in downtown New Orleans to take the law into their own hands. One of the largest in history and led by a row of 100 men with shotguns, it marched to the Parish Prison to deliver its own brand of justice to 19 terrified Italians imprisoned there.
For forty years -- and as many as 5,000 babies -- Georgia Tann used political influence to steal children and operate a nationwide adoption business. Meet the relentless woman who wrecked thousands of families, presided over the deaths and abuse of countless -- and brought adoption into the American mainstream.