The Life and Death of Gus Reed

The Life and Death of Gus Reed

A Story of Race and Justice in Illinois During the Civil War and Reconstruction

eBook - 2014
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Gus Reed was a freed slave who traveled north as Sherman's March was sweeping through Georgia in 1864. His journey ended in Springfield, Illinois, a city undergoing fundamental changes as its white citizens struggled to understand the political, legal, and cultural consequences of emancipation and black citizenship. Reed became known as a petty thief, appearing time and again in the records of the state's courts and prisons. In late 1877, he burglarized the home of a well-known Springfield attorney-and brother of Abraham Lincoln's former law partner-a crime for which he was convicted and sent.
Publisher: Athens, OH : Ohio University Press, 2014
ISBN: 9780821444948
0821444948
Characteristics: 1 online resource (239 pages)

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