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The Union League and biracial politics in Reconstruction Texas

Title
The Union League and biracial politics in Reconstruction Texas / Carl H. Moneyhon.
Author
Moneyhon, Carl H., 1944-
Publication
  • College Station : Texas A&M University Press, [2021]
  • ©2021

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Description
x, 401 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white), portraits (black and white); 25 cm.
Series Statement
Summerfield G. Roberts Texas history series
Uniform Title
Summerfield G. Roberts Texas history series.
Subjects
Genre/Form
History.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-376) and index.
Contents
Introduction -- One. Texas Unionists and the National Union League, 1863-1867 -- Two. Black Texans -- Three. The League Comes to Texas -- Four. The League and Black Agency -- Five. Black Agency and Democratic Violence, 1868 -- Six. The League and George Ruby, Conventions, and the Direction of Texas Republicanism, 1868-1869 -- Seven. The League and the Election of 1869 -- Eight. Reorganization and Restructuring: James P. Newcomb and the League -- Nine. Internal Divisions and the Election of 1871 -- Ten. The Demise of the League and its Legacy -- Conclusion.
Call Number
Sc E 21-1584
ISBN
  • 9781623499563
  • 1623499569
LCCN
2020052167
OCLC
1223068425
Author
Moneyhon, Carl H., 1944- author.
Title
The Union League and biracial politics in Reconstruction Texas / Carl H. Moneyhon.
Publisher
College Station : Texas A&M University Press, [2021]
Copyright Date
©2021
Edition
First edition.
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Series
Summerfield G. Roberts Texas history series
Summerfield G. Roberts Texas history series.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-376) and index.
Summary
"The Republican Union League of America played a major role in the Southern Reconstruction that followed the American Civil War. A secret organization introduced into Texas in 1867 to mobilize newly enfranchised black voters, it was the first political body that attempted to secure power by forming a biracial coalition. Originally intended by white Unionists simply to marshal black voters to their support, it evolved into an organization that allowed blacks to their own political goals. It was abandoned by the state's Republican Party following the 1871 state elections. From the beginning, the use of the league by the Republican party proved controversial. While its opponents charged that its white leadership simply manipulated ignorant blacks to achieve power for themselves, ultimately encouraging racial conflict, the League not only educated blacks in their new political rights but also protected them in the exercise of those rights. It provided gave blacks a voice in supporting the legislative program of Governor Edmund J. Davis, helping him to push through laws aimed at the maintenance of law and order, securing basic civil rights for blacks, and the creation of public schools. Ultimately, its success and its secrecy provoked hostile attacks from political opponents, leading the Party to stop using it. Nonetheless, the Union League created a legacy of black activism that lasted throughout the nineteenth century and pushed Texas toward a remarkably different world from the segregated and racist one that developed after it disappeared"-- Provided by publisher.
Chronological Term
1800-1950
Research Call Number
Sc E 21-1584
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