The untold story of the slaying of a Southern townâ€™s ex-slaves and a white lawyerâ€™s historic battle to bring the perpretators to justiceÂ Following the Civil War, Colfax, Louisiana, was a town, like many, whereÂ African AmericansÂ and whites mingled uneasily. But on April 13, 1873, a small army of white exâ€“Confederate soldiers, enraged after attempts by freedmen to assert their new rights, killed more than sixty African Americans who had occupied a courthouse. With skill and tenacity, The Washington Postâ€™s Charles Lane transforms this nearly forgotten incident into a riveting historical saga.Â Seeking justice for the slain, one brave U.S. attorney, James Beckwith, risked his life and career to investigate and punish the perpetratorsâ€”but they all went free. What followed was a series of courtroom dramas that culminated at the Supreme Court, where the justicesâ€™ verdict compromised the victories of the Civil War and left Southern blacks at the mercy of violent whites for generations. The Day Freedom Died is an electrifying piece of historical detective work that captures a gallery of characters from presidents to townspeople, and re-creates the bloody days of Reconstruction, when the often brutal struggle for equality moved from the battlefield into communities across the nation.