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Republicanism in Reconstruction Texas : Reville Book - Carl H. Moneyhon

Republicanism in Reconstruction Texas

Reville Book

Paperback Published: 19th December 1980
ISBN: 9781585441112
Number Of Pages: 344

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On July 21, 1870, a group of selfstyled "Conservatives" met in Austin to discuss the political situation in the state. In almost hysterical tones they attacked the Republican administration of Governor Edmund J. Davis for assuming despotic powers. In every action of his newly installed administration they saw limitations placed on their civil rights. The men who met in Austin believed that they were in the middle of a revolution against traditional political societies and called upon all citizens to help them stop the activities of the Republicans.

Many such events characterized the years following the Civil War in Texas, which brought turmoil, economic hardship, freedom for former slaves, Reconstruction policies, and Republican party rule. For better or worse, depending on one's perspective, the world had turned upside down, and Southerners blamed state Republican parties and their leaders for the upheaval. This classic study of post_Civil War Texas, first published in 1980, gives a thorough account of the rise and functioning of the Republican party until its defeat by resurgent Democrats in 1874. Moneyhon focuses on Republican leaders, constituents, ideology, policies, and relations with the national party in an attempt to uncover the basis of the Southern Republican movement.

The object of so much feeling in its time, Southern Republicanism has long intrigued historians of the American political process. Political scientists, historians, and anyone interested in post_Civil War Texas will find much to ponder in this work, because to understand the dynamics of the Republican movement is to better grasp the nature and possibility of social change.

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Texas in 1865p. 3
The Unionist Origins of Texas Republicanismp. 21
From Unionism to Republicanismp. 42
Organizing the Republican Partyp. 61
Radicals and Conservatives: Factionalism and the Split of Texas Republicanismp. 82
Texas Republicans in the State Election of 1869p. 104
The Price of the Republican Coalition: The Radicals and the Twelfth Legislaturep. 129
Tyranny, Texas, and Corruption: Crisis of the Radical Coalitionp. 152
"We Have Met the Enemy and We Are Theirs": The 1872 General Electionp. 168
The Last Fightp. 183
Returns on Selected Elections, 1859-1873p. 197
Correlations of Political and Ecological Datap. 224
Delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1866p. 226
Delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1868-1869p. 236
Cluster Analysis of the Constitutional Convention of 1868-1869p. 248
Notesp. 253
Bibliographical Essayp. 289
Indexp. 301
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ISBN: 9781585441112
ISBN-10: 1585441112
Series: Reville Book
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 19th December 1980
Publisher: TEXAS A & M UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.34  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.53