An Absolute Massacre: The New Orleans Race Riot of July 30, by James G. Hollandsworth Jr.

By James G. Hollandsworth Jr.

In the summer season 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 antagonistic whites. phrases have been exchanged, pictures rang out, and inside of mins a revolt erupted with unrestrained fury. while it used to be over, no less than forty-eight males -- an overpowering majority of them black -- lay useless and greater than 200 have been wounded. In An Absolute bloodbath, James G. Hollandsworth, Jr., examines the occasions surrounding the disagreement and gives a compelling examine the racial tinderbox that used to be the post-Civil struggle South.

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4. McCrary, Lincoln and Reconstruction, 241-42; Ripley, Slaves and Freedmen, 171; Tunnell, Crucible of Reconstruction, 49-50. 5. George S. Denison to Salmon P. Chase, June 17,1864, in Chase, "Diary and Correspondence," 2:439. Most New Orleanians dismissed the convention as a "mere sham" (HSCR, 221). For an analysis of the convention's many fiscal improprieties, see Vandal, "New Orleans Riot," 48-52. 20 No Better Constitution only to those parts of the country still in rebellion, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation had not freed slaves in areas of Louisiana that were occupied by Union troops at the time it went into effect.

Edward H. S. Senate as district court judge for eastern Louisiana, administered the oath of office to the new governor. Banks was ecstatic. He had "never witnessed such a spectacle elsewhere," he wrote in his report. "36 Not everyone agreed with Banks's assessment. "This election does not restore Louisiana to the Union," Durant contended. The new state officers are 34. New Orleans Daily True Delta, February 12, 21, 1864; New Orleans Era, February 1, 9, 1864; New Orleans Times, February 20, 1864; Cox, Lincoln ana" Black Freedom, 89, 91; McCrary, Lincoln and Reconstruction, 212, 226.

Had the organization of a. 26 Even before he received Banks's letter, Lincoln had decided to speed things along. In his annual address to Congress on December 9, the president announced a plan for the reconstruction of southern states. According to his plan, Lincoln would recognize the legitimacy of a state government as soon as it abolished slavery and reorganized itself on the basis of an election in which 23. Banks to Lincoln, May 4,1863, and Hahn to Lincoln, May 9,1863, Lincoln Papers; also see McCrary, Lincoln and Reconstruction, 105.

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