"This vignette of local southern history . . . recounts Renfroe's career as sheriff of Sumter County for a little more than two years, followed by six years of bizarre activities as a fugitive from justice before being lynched in July 1886. . . . He led the local Ku Klux Klan in 1868-69, participated in the Meridian riot of 1871, and took part in the killing of two active Republicans, one white and one black, in 1874. Rumors attributed other slayings to this violence-prone man who in 1867 had fled another county after killing his brother-in-law. . . . The story clearly illustrates the violent tactics of the redemption process."--Journal of American History
William Warren Rogers Sr. is the author or coauthor of a number of works, including The One-Gallused Rebellion: Agrarianism in Alabama, 1865-1896; August Reckoning: Jack Turner and Racism in Post-Civil War Alabama; Convicts, Coal, and theBanner Mine Tragedy; Labor Revolt in Alabama: The Great Strike of 1894; and Alabama: The History of a Deep South State. All are available from The University of Alabama Press. Ruth Pruitt was a faculty member in the English Department at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama. Paul M. Pruitt Jr. is Special Collections Librarian in the Law School of the University of Alabama.