By James G. Hollandsworth Jr.
In the summertime 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 insurrection erupted with unrestrained fury. whilst it used to be over, no less than forty-eight men—an vast majority of them black—lay useless and greater than 200 were wounded. In An Absolute bloodbath, James G. Hollandsworth, Jr., examines the occasions surrounding the disagreement and gives a compelling examine the racial tinderbox that was once the post-Civil struggle South.
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Extra resources for An Absolute Massacre: The New Orleans Race Riot of July 30, 1866
L'Union folded on July 19,1864, because of money problems. Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez, a physician who had attended medical school in Paris, threw his financial support behind a new venture, the New Orleans Tribune, edited by Paul Trevigne from L'Union, Dr. Louis Roudanez was the brother of Jean Baptiste Roudanez, one of the two emissaries from the free black community who had met with Lincoln in March (Connor, "Reconstruction Rebels," 160-63; Logsdon and Bell, "Americanization of Black New Orleans," 229).
After reading law in his father's office, he was An Absolute Massacre Confederate sympathizers in New Orleans were quick to brand the delegates as inept opportunists, or "carpetbaggers," because many of them had been born in the North. Northern nativity, however, was not unusual in the Crescent City. In fact, many of its most distinguished citizens, particularly in business and the professions, had emigrated to New Orleans to seek their fortunes. But one would be hard-pressed to say that the convention was composed of carpetbaggers.
Introduced during the summer of 1864, the Wade-Davis Bill called for the registration of all white male citizens in each southern state. After a majority, not 10 percent, of registered voters took an oath of allegiance to the Constitution of the United States, a new state government could be organized. 3 Lincoln realized that the bill's requirements were so stringent that it would effectively postpone the readmission of the southern states until after the war was over. Consequently, he refused to sign the measure when it came to his desk in July 1864.
An Absolute Massacre: The New Orleans Race Riot of July 30, 1866 by James G. Hollandsworth Jr.