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From DNA testing to the Dixie Mafia, we bring you new stories of true crime in American history. Join writer & host Benjamin Morris for exclusive interviews with authors from Arcadia Publishing, writing the hottest books on the most chilling stories of our country’s past.

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The Thibodaux Massacre: An Interview with author John Desantis PT 2

The Thibodaux Massacre: An Interview with author John Desantis PT 2


On November 23, 1887, white vigilantes gunned down unarmed black laborers and their families due to strikes on Louisiana sugar cane plantations.

A future member of the U.S. House of Representatives was among the leaders of a mob that routed black men from houses and forced them to a stretch of railroad track, ordering them to run for their lives before gunning them down. According to a witness, the guns firing in the black neighborhoods sounded like a battle.

Author and award-winning reporter John DeSantis uses correspondence, interviews and federal records to detail this harrowing true story.

The Thibodaux Massacre: Racial Violence and the 1887 Sugar Cane Labor Strike

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