By Ted Tunnell
Ted Tunnell's fantastically researched biography of Marshall H. Twitchell is a huge addition to Reconstruction literature. New England local, Union soldier, Freedmen's Bureau agent, and Louisiana planter, Twitchell grew to become the novel political boss of crimson River Parish within the 1870s. He solid an monetary alliance with entrepreneurial Jewish retailers and rose to energy throughout the first upswing of the southern economic system after the battle. The Panic of 1873, although, undermined his regime and almost in a single day the hot Englander quick went from monetary benefactor to scapegoat for northwest Louisiana's failed goals of prosperity. His life-and-death fight with the infamous White League has extra gut-wrenching suspense than such a lot novels. the 1st full-length learn of Twitchell, fringe of the Sword is edifying, enjoyable, and state-of-the-art scholarship.
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