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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 09:35 AM
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republicans are doubt in my mind
It would be almost comforting to think that these cretins are intelligent enough to do something that hasn't been done before...but they haven't.

During Reconstruction, before the Democrats and republicans swapped parties, the Redeemers were very much the party of the teabaggers and republicans of today.
In the 1870s, southern Democrats began to muster more political power as former Confederates began to vote again. It was a movement that gathered energy up until the Compromise of 1877, in the process known as the Redemption. White Democratic Southerners saw themselves as redeeming the South by regaining power. They appealed to scalawags (white Southerners who supported the Republican Party after the civil war and during the time of reconstruction).

More importantly, in a second wave of violence following the suppression of the Ku Klux Klan, violence began to increase in the Deep South. In 1868 white terrorists tried to prevent Republicans from winning the fall election in Louisiana. Over a few days, they killed some two hundred freedmen in St. Landry Parish. Other violence erupted, From April to October, there were 1,081 political murders in Louisiana, in which most of the victims were freedmen.<2> Violence was part of campaigns prior to the election of 1872 in several states. In 1874 and 1875, more formal paramilitary groups affiliated with the Democratic Party conducted intimidation, terrorism and violence against black voters and their allies to reduce Republican voting and turn officeholders out. These included the White League and Red Shirts. They worked openly for specific political ends, and often solicited coverage of their activities by the press. Every election from 1868 on was surrounded by intimidation and violence; they were usually marked by fraud as well.

The Redeemers' program emphasized opposition to the Republican governments, which they considered to be corrupt and a violation of true republican principles. They also worked to reestablish white supremacy. The crippling national economic problems and reliance on cotton meant that the South was struggling financially. Redeemers denounced taxes higher than what they had known before the war. At that time, however, the states had few functions, and planters maintained private institutions only. Redeemers wanted to reduce state debts. Once in power, they typically cut government spending; shortened legislative sessions; lowered politicians' salaries; scaled back public aid to railroads and corporations; and reduced support for the new systems of public education and some welfare institutions.

As Democrats took over state legislatures, they worked to change voter registration rules to strip most blacks and many poor whites of their ability to vote. Blacks continued to vote in significant numbers well into the 1880s, with many winning local offices. Black Congressmen continued to be elected, albeit in ever smaller numbers, until the 1890s. George Henry White, the last Southern black of the post-Reconstruction period to serve in Congress, retired in 1901, leaving Congress completely white.
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 11:27 AM
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1. kick. n/t
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 07:40 PM
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2. Gonna kick this again because I think it worthy of discussion.
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SmileyRose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 07:45 PM
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3. Don't know if I agree but fascinating history.
thanks - kick
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