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Beaufort - St. Helena Branch 973.8 LYN (Text) 0530005632772 Adult Non-Fiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781540868084
  • Physical Description: 148 pages : portrait ; 21 cm

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General Note:
Reprint. Originally published: New York : Neale Publishing Co., 1913.
Formatted Contents Note:
The part played by Mississippi in the early days of Reconstruction -- Reorganization of the State Departments during Governor Alcorn's administration -- The Republican County Convention of 1869 -- Important educational and political measures of the new legislature -- The contest for Speaker of the Miss. House of Representatives -- Fusion of Democrats and Republicans in the State election of 1873. Republican victory -- Miss. sends B. K. Bruce to the U.S. Senate -- Improved financial condition of Miss. under the Ames administration -- What constitutes "negro domination"? -- Overthrow of the Republican State government in Miss. -- Rise of Democratic radicalism in the South -- Eventful days of the 43rd Congress -- State campaign of 1875. Republican victory -- Interview between the author and the President regarding State appointments -- The presidential election of 1876 and its results -- Effects of the reform administration in Miss. -- The Hayes-Tilden contest. The Electoral Commission -- Attitude of the Hayes Administration toward the South -- Question of the validity of Senator Lamar's election -- Republican National Convention of 1880. Nomination of the Compromise Candidate, Garfield -- Story of the misunderstanding between Garfield and Conkling -- The National Campaign of 1884 -- The election of Grover Cleveland -- Interview with Secretary Lamar on the retaining of colored men in office -- The Federal Elections bill -- Miss. and the nullification of the 15th Amendment -- Effect of the McKinley Tariff Bill on both political parties -- Interview between the author and President Cleveland and Secretary Gresham -- The National Republican Convention of 1900 -- Argument on proposed change of representation in Convention -- Comparison of Bryan and Cleveland -- The solid South, past and present. Future of the Republican Party.
Summary, etc.:
"The Facts of Reconstruction" is John Roy Lynch's fascinating and detailed account of the USA's political situation following the conclusion of the American Civil War. As a Speaker in the Mississippi House of Representatives, John R. Lynch was one of the first-ever black politicians. As such, the victory of the Union forces in 1865 directly influenced his life and career. Simply by virtue of emancipation, Lynch was a major stakeholder in the reconstruction efforts between the Union north and the secessionist south. He consequently felt obliged to author this retrospective history covering the major political events and turning points. Immediately after the American Civil War concluded, the USA was in a fractured and fraught state. The assassination of Abraham Lincoln, who sought to mend bridges and reconcile with the secessionist states, exacerbated the situation further. The 1860s, 1870s and 1880s were thus a tumultuous time for American politics, in which reforms were hard fought and incremental in the various states and nationally at the federal level. Writing in 1913, Lynch charts the journey made over those difficult decades, drawing on his personal experience as a member of Mississippi's House of Representatives, and the national record. He charts the various elections, and the evolution of the Republican and Democratic parties as distinct wings of the political landscape. Various events, such as the rise of Democratic radicalism in the South, and the election of Grover Cleveland to the Presidency, are detailed. In all, "The Facts of Reconstruction" offers a reasonable overview of a transitional period in U.S. politics from an insider. The ongoing racial conflicts following the emancipation of African American slaves are charted alongside the personal traits, ideals and acts of the various politicians of the time.
Subject: Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) > Mississippi.
Republican Party > Southern States > 1865-1899.

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