The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 77
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Book Reviews and Notices.
author is surprisingly reticent as to Butler's share in the cotton
speculations, due perhaps to a failure to consult the War of the
Rebellion Records. This great collection, by the way, would have
furnished him with explicit information on a number of points
in the administrations of both Butler and his successor, Banks.
There follows a brief but clear account of the rule of the latter
general, the initiation of Lincoln's experimental "ten per cent"
government and the opposition it aroused in Congress, the prob-
lems as to the status to be given the emancipated slaves, the work
of the constitutional convention of 1864, and the system of quasi-
civil government maintained under Federal authority during the
What happened in Louisiana during the first two years after the
surrender of Lee was common to most of the southern states.
The returning ex-Confederates recovered control almost at once
and the legislature passed stringent labor laws that furnished po-
litical capital for the northern radicals. Perhaps more space than
necessary is given to the familiar story of President Johnson's
quarrel with the congressional radicals, but its insertion will clarify
the situation for the general reader. One of the best chapters is
that on "The So-Called Riot of July 30, 1866," in which Pro-
fessor Ficklin makes it clear that the radicals had no legal or
moral right to recall the defunct convention of 1864, and that in
all the proceedings up to the actual outbreak their attitude was
provocative of trouble. The effect of the riot upon Congress ail
the northern public is also well told. The concluding chapters
recount the passage of the Reconstruction Acts, the rule of S1her-
idan and his successors in Louisiana, the session of the "black and
tan" constitutional convention in 1867, the acceptance by virtue
of negro votes of the constitution that it framed, the final restor-
ation of the state to the Union, the swift organization of the Dem-
ocrats, now that that advantage was gained, the operations of the
Knights of the White Camelia and the Ku Klux Klan, and
the revelation of Democratic strength in the presidential elections
of 1868 when they carried the state for Seymour and Blair by a
substantial majority. Here the narrative stops abruptly.
No state of the old South suffered more indignities during the
period here reviewed than did Louisiana, and one is prepared to
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