Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 97 of 163
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HAMILTON-DAVIS CONTEST OF 1869ADOPTION
The reader may think it strange that I give so much
space to so common an occurrence as a State election,
but the explanation is simple. It was the first reasonable
attempt to carry our State back into the Union. The
Democrats had made one effort and had failed, because
they had offended the dominant sentiment of the country
by "Apprentice Laws," and other measures which
virtually reduced the freedman to a state of slavery, and
by electing to the United States Senate a man who had
presided over the convention which carried Texas out of
the Union. Because of this failure, the Democrats, as a
party, took no part in the second effort to reconstruct
the State, but divided, those of them who voted at all,
between the two Republican candidates.
Thousands of them sullenly refused to vote at all. It
was therefore a contest between men and ideas. The
questions were all new. True, there have been many
State elections since then, but the results have all been
foregone conclusions, so that the younger generation of
Texans know nothing of the excitement, the strenuousness,
the manliness, of a real contest for the political
control of a great State.
Davis and his party publicly denounced this constitution
as being "framed in the interest of rebels," and
swore to defeat it either before the people or at Washington.
Will the reader believe that a month later these
same men publicly declared in favor of this same constitution,
and for E. J. Davis as their candidate for Governor
under it? But that is history.
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Mills, William W. Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills., book, 1901; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6112/m1/97/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .