The Meridian Race Riot of 1871: the Failure of the Rickety Reconstruction Era

This entry is part of 9 in the series Slavery on My Mind

(03-25-2014, updated 07-15-2018)  The Meridian riot of 1871 illustrates the battles between freed blacks and the KKK and other white supremacists in the South during the Reconstruction era. And now for the piece of Southern history I've been working up to: the Meridian race riot of 1871. A sad and horrific part of black history, and the perfect illustration of the pathetic ending of the Reconstruction era.