By James G. Hollandsworth Jr.
In the summertime of 1866 racial tensions ran excessive in Louisiana as a constitutional conference thought of disenfranchising former Confederates and enfranchising blacks. On July 30, a procession of black suffrage supporters driven via an offended throng of antagonistic whites. phrases have been exchanged, pictures rang out, and inside of mins a rebel erupted with unrestrained fury. while it was once over, a minimum of forty-eight men—an vast majority of them black—lay useless and greater than 2 hundred were wounded. In An Absolute bloodbath, James G. Hollandsworth, Jr., examines the occasions surrounding the disagreement and gives a compelling examine the racial tinderbox that used to be the post-Civil warfare South.
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Extra info for An Absolute Massacre: The New Orleans Race Riot of July 30, 1866
Radical Unionists under the leadership of Durant favored the inclusion of blacks in the mainstream of society, which included giving some blacks, particularly those who had been free before the war, the right to vote. A third faction of Unionists adhered to a position that fell between those of the conservatives and the Radicals. Unlike the conservatives, they were not opposed to granting blacks their civil rights, but they disagreed with the Radicals over how quickly the rehabilitation of former slaves should proceed.
14 The Emancipation Committee's report now included only two sections. The first abolished slavery and involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime. " Sensing that momentum was in their favor, a delegate who supported uncompensated emancipation moved to suspend the rules and bring the article to a final vote. Despite Abell's vigorous opposition, the measure passed by a vote of seventy-two to thirteen. When President Durell announced the outcome, the chamber exploded with enthusiastic cheers.
Despite Abell's vigorous opposition, the measure passed by a vote of seventy-two to thirteen. When President Durell announced the outcome, the chamber exploded with enthusiastic cheers. 12. DCCL, 206-8. 13. DCCL, 211-12. The vote on May 10 was sixty-eight in favor, fifteen opposed. , 218-19). 14. DCCL, 221-22. 15 The issue of black suffrage came before the convention when the Committee on the Legislative Department issued its report on May 17. This report limited the right to vote to white males twenty-one years of age or older who had been residents in the state of Louisiana for at least twelve months, who were citizens of the United States, and who were able to read and write.
An Absolute Massacre: The New Orleans Race Riot of July 30, 1866 by James G. Hollandsworth Jr.