From the Publisher
The American people have a right to hear this story. On August 27, 1998, as a direct result of this book's publication, a member of Congress, the Honorable Bennie G. Thompson, called for a full investigation of the atrocities outlined in The Slaughter.
From the Inside Flap
Here, after more than fifty years of secrecy, the terrible truth is revealed.
It was the uncertain midpoint of World War II. The United States was embroiled in an all-out fight abroad for its very survival. But back on American soil - at an Army base in southwestern Mississippi - the unthinkable occurred. They were U. S. soldiers. They were defenseless. They were black.
What the Army tried so desperately to hide, Carroll Case has managed to uncover through thirteen years of intensive research, chance encounters, recently declassified government documents, death threats, hard work and determination. While president of a bank in south Mississippi, he met the first of many eyewitnesses to the atrocity. What he heard launched him on a search for the truth and a mission to tell it.
It is not a story the world wants to hear. But it is a story that must be told. Finally, the truth is exposed, in all its horror.
Part I chronicles Case's efforts to uncover the incident and explains in detail what actually occurred. The declassified government documents themselves are included.
Part II is The Evangeline File, a fact-based novel set in present-day south Mississippi. As Case poignantly writes, It is such a terrible, ugly tragedy, and there is an innate human hesitance to admit what actually happened. By putting it in a vehicle of fiction, it somehow makes it easier to face the truth.
The Evangeline File effectively communicates the essential elements of the historical incident while creating compelling characters - Clay Brady, the reporter who uncovers the story; Parker, his investigative partner; and Khaki, the woman Clay cannot resist, but should. It is riveting and suspenseful, as Clay unravels the secret and discovers it reaches to the highest levels of the government. While unearthing what is perhaps the worst racial crime in the country's history, he must battle the racism which, to this day, still poisons American society.