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Alabama's Outlaw Sheriff, Stephen S. Renfroe
by William Warren Rogers and Ruth Pruitt
introduction by Paul M. Pruitt Jr.
University of Alabama Press, 2005
Paper: 978-0-8173-5248-6
Library of Congress Classification HV7911.R46R64 2005
Dewey Decimal Classification 364.155092

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"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


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