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Reconstruction Period Research Forum

HELP! Reconstruction Thesis Project

This is an unusual request, but I thought that you may be able to help direct me. I am working on a thesis project concerning the Reconstruction Era. An event took place in Crockett County, TN, 14 AUG 1876 which I have only been able to read about in the court cases. BUT as a historian I want to know who these people were....their biographies, their thoughts..if possible. Because the insuing court case caused a change in law by the Supreme Court which effectively along with several other court cases ended Reconstruction and caused Civil Rights to be postponed for another 100 yrs. Evidently, from what I have read R.G. Harris (then sheriff) and 19 others with "force of arms" did conspire to deprive Robert R. Smith, William J. Overton, George G. Wells Jr. and P.M. Wells of "equal protection under the law." I want to get to know all of these individuals. Which means I need to know both sides of this story. Can you direct me to resources... newspapers, county histories, a county historian, genealogist and other sources which may have knowledge of this event? Can you direct me to people who are researching these individuals? Any lead you can offer is very much appreciated. Thank you. Laura Brown

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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