The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 72, July 1968 - April, 1969 Page: 469
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James P. Newcomb: The Making of a Radical 469
Texas by southern extremists, forced to live in exile during the war,
and dismayed by lenient Reconstruction policies that would place the
state's government in the hands of secessionists, rebels, or lukewarm
Unionists, Newcomb's progress toward Radical Republicanism appears
almost inevitable. To have chosen any other course would have involved
repudiation, partial or complete, of principles he espoused in ante-
bellum Texas and nurtured in California. He entered Davis's admin-
istration in 1870o not to reap the spoils of victory in the usual sense
of the phrase but to continue his crusade for Unionism in Texas. It
seems likely that he would have chosen the same course even had he
possessed the foreknowledge that in future years he and his fellow
Radicals would be attacked and vilified by historians who professed
to discern little but selfishness, bitterness, and dishonesty among the
motives of the Radical Republicans.
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