Unpunished Murder by Lawrence Goldstone

Unpunished Murder

On Easter Sunday of 1873, just eight years after the Civil War ended, a band of white supremacists marched into Grant Parish, Louisiana, and massacred over one hundred unarmed African Americans. The court case that followed reached the highest court in the land. Yet, following one of the most ghastly incidents of mass murder in American history, not one person was convicted.The opinion issued by the Supreme Court in US v. Cruikshank set in motion...

Details Unpunished Murder

TitleUnpunished Murder
Release DateSep 11th, 2018
PublisherScholastic Nonfiction
GenreNonfiction, History, Historical, Crime, True Crime

Reviews Unpunished Murder

  • Richie Partington
    Richie’s Picks: UNPUNISHED MURDER: MASSACRE AT COLFAX AND THE QUEST FOR JUSTICE by Lawrence Goldstone, Scholastic Focus, September 2018, 288p., ISBN: 978-1-338-23945-4“...it now appears that not a single colored man was killed until all of them had surrendered to the whites...when over 100 of the unfortunate negroes were brutally shot down in cold blood. It is understood that another lot of negroes was burned to death in the Court-house when ...
  • Gilbert
    Very interesting and sad to read, Unpunished Murder really sheds light on the racism and division and corruption of the justice system and America that continued after the Civil War. It's important to read a book like this, when many still refer to the Colfax Massacre as a "riot", and I would recommend it. On the back of the book it says Lawrence Goldstone (the author) has written over a dozen books for adults and this is his first for young read...
  • Tonstant Weader
    Unpunished Murder: Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justice is the history of shamefully forgotten crime against humanity that led to an equally shameful Supreme Court decision that should be as vilified as Dred Scott and Plessy vs. Ferguson. On Easter Sunday in 1873 over a hundred unarmed African-Americans were slaughtered by white supremacists determined to end Reconstruction and seize political power. Shamefully, to this day, Colfax, Missi...
  • Alicia
    The repercussions of slavery are being rewritten... to tell the truth, not sugarcoat what happened especially with the despicable acts of plantation owners and politicians alike but also with what happened in our developing nation's court system in which decisions were made against blacks. Using the backdrop of the Colfax Massacre in which a hundred black people were massacred and no one was punished (and where the history books refer to it as a ...
  • Belle
    Below are the many reasons why I liked reading this book:1. The writing and language itself is clear and concise. The book was originally marketed toward 8-12 year olds. On the scholastic website, it now says that the target audience is 12-18 year olds. In either case, the language itself is clear enough to be understood by either age group. Goldstone makes a point to define any words that may be unknown, with a glossary to aid the writing. Eve...
  • Laura Petrie
    Thank you to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.--- Unpunished Murder is a nonfiction book by Lawrence Goldstone that informs about the massacre of about 100 black citizens at Colfax. Surprisingly, even though 9 culprits were identified, all of the white men accused of these crimes were allowed free. This book will be published on August 28, but halfway through reading it I knew I had to save it ...
  • Kathy Martin
    This fascinating story talks about the formation of the United States government via the Constitution and focuses especially on the formation and role of the Supreme Court. It also talks about racism and the role of the Supreme Court in encouraging it.The focus of the story centers on events in Grant County, Louisiana, in 1873. More than 150 well-armed white men massacred over 100 poorly armed black men - many of whom were trying to surrender. Du...
  • Alexa Hamilton
    I learned an incredible amount from this book--the prologue gives you the main event, the awful massacre at Colfax, but then we flip back to the beginning of the US to see what pieces of history made this event possible. And it's really shocking. I know I learned about the Civil War and Reconstruction but not like this. Not in a way that really showed how hard it was to stitch this country back together and what insane compromises were made. I sa...
  • Cat
    I received a copy of this book a few days ago from the publisher and, having a vacation day, sat down to check it out. I love history, especially Southern history and the Civil War. I studied it in college, as a matter of fact, but nothing prepared me for what I was reading in this book. Mind you, I am aware of the lynchings, and the Tulsa massacre, but really didn't have a lot of details for many of the atrocities. Lawrence Goldstone's book is e...
  • Carol
    Please my review on Amazon.com under C.Wong. Thank you.