The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908 Page: 219
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Texas From, Fall of Confederacy to Reconstruction. 219
and newspapers in the interior, for State regulation of black
labor. The Telegraph alone pointed out that the "North would
not likely allow the South thus to enjoy the fruit of the contest
over slavery after having lost the contest," and advocated securing
the immigration of white labor.
Conditions in the black belt did not materially improve during
the summer. There was much uneasiness because of persistent
rumors that negro troops were to be sent to Texas for garrison
duty; for it was generally felt that their presence could only aggra-
vate the situation and might make it positively dangerous by in-
citing unruly negroes to lawlessness and precipitating racial dis-
turbances. It was also known that the Freedmen's Bureau was
to be established in Texas, and the anxiety and distrust that were
felt as to its attitude on the labor question did not tend to alle-
viate the growing discontent. Public opinion had become skepti-
cal of the ability of the army officials to provide the usual and
necessary supply of black labor, and manifested a greater eager-
ness for the speedy restoration of the regular State government
which could be expected to deal with the problem in a manner
agreeable with the customs and social ideas of the people. For
this reason, largely, the arrival of the newly appointed provisional
Governor, A. J. Hamilton, who came to restore civil authority and
set in motion again the machinery of State government, was
greeted with expectant interest.
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