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 indignant throng of adverse whites. phrases have been exchanged, pictures rang out, and inside of mins a insurrection erupted with unrestrained fury. whilst it was once over, at the least forty-eight men—an vast majority of them black—lay lifeless and greater than 200 were wounded. In An Absolute bloodbath, James G. Hollandsworth, Jr., examines the occasions surrounding the disagreement and provides a compelling examine the racial tinderbox that was once the post-Civil conflict South.
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OR, 48: pt. 2, 156, 320, 729; James A. Padgett, "Some Letters of George Stanton Denison, 1854-1866: Observations of a Yankee on Conditions in Louisiana and Texas," Louisiana Historical Quarterly 23 (October 1940): 1221-23; Reed, Life of A. P. Dostie, 181-208; New Orleans Daily Picayune, May 9, 10, 1865; New Orleans Daily True Delta, May 6, 9, 1865; Samuel M. Quincy to his mother, May 5, 1865, Quincy, Wendell, Holmes, and Upham Family Papers, LC. 10. Vandal, "New Orleans Riot," 84; Lowrey, "Political Career of James Madison Wells," 1030-32.
Most New Orleanians dismissed the convention as a "mere sham" (HSCR, 221). For an analysis of the convention's many fiscal improprieties, see Vandal, "New Orleans Riot," 48-52. 20 No Better Constitution only to those parts of the country still in rebellion, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation had not freed slaves in areas of Louisiana that were occupied by Union troops at the time it went into effect. Thus slave owners in New Orleans and southeastern Louisiana who could prove their loyalty were entitled to keep their slaves.
We inaugurate today a new era in the South," Trevigne wrote in L'Union s salutatory editorial. "We proclaim the Declaration of Independence as the basis of our platform. . 18 On November 5, 1863, an enthusiastic crowd of free blacks converged on the Economy Hall for a rally to promote suffrage for free men of color. Some of the speakers were white men, Unionists who sought to establish a common cause with their free black neighbors. But free black leaders set the tone. "They did not ask for social equality, and did not expect it," P.
An Absolute Massacre: The New Orleans Race Riot of July 30, 1866 by James G. Hollandsworth Jr.