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 adverse whites. phrases have been exchanged, pictures rang out, and inside mins a insurrection erupted with unrestrained fury. while it used to be over, a minimum of 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 battle South.
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Although friends urged Durant to run as a delegate, the independent lawyer decided to continue his boycott of anything that had to do with Nathaniel P. Banks. Banks "is now about to declare how many members shall be elected to a constitutional convention, what shall be the basis of representation, and what the details of the election [will be]," Durant wrote Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. S. 38 Once again, free blacks in New Orleans had beaten Durant to the punch. Eight days after Banks issued his proclamation calling for elections, free men of color had held another mass meeting to select two delegates to represent their interests in Washington.
Ill, 4:134-35). 36. New Orleans Times, March 5, 1864; New Orleans Daily Picayune, March 5, 1864; Banks to Halleck, March 6,1864, OR, 34: pt. 2, 512-13; also see Banks to Lincoln, February 25, 1864, OR, Ser. Ill, 4:133-34; Banks to William Lloyd Garrison, January 30,1865, printed in the Liberator, February 24, 1865; Thomas W. Helis, "Of Generals and Jurists: The Judicial System of New Orleans Under Union Occupation, May 1862-April 1865," Louisiana History 29 (Spring 1988): 158. " Henry Winter Davis, a congressman with a Radical bent, criticized Lincoln for having given Banks the power to interfere with the electoral process.
26. Boston Daily Journal, November 1, 1864; Banks to Mary Banks, August 31, September 6, 1864, October 20,1871, Lincoln to Banks, August 9, 1864, Banks Collection. Although the new constitution may not have been the best "ever . . presented to any people on the face of the earth," it was certainly a better document than the Dunning school of Reconstruction has claimed. For an example of a more recent revisionist view, see Cox, Lincoln and Black Freedom, 102-3. 27 3 Tkere Is No Middle Ground T HE FREE STATE of Louisiana had a rough time of it from the start.