The Facts of Reconstruction eBook

John R. Lynch
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Again, in 1888, General Harrison, the Republican Presidential candidate, carried the State of New York by a plurality of about 20,000, which resulted in his election, which he would have lost but for the votes of the colored men in that State.  Therefore, Harrison’s administration represented “Negro Domination.”

The same is true of important elections in a number of States, districts and counties in which the colored vote proved to be potential and decisive.  But enough has been written to show the absurdity of the claim that the suppression of the colored vote is necessary to prevent “Negro Domination.”  So far as the State of Mississippi is concerned, in spite of the favorable conditions, as shown above, the legitimate State Government,—­the one that represented the honestly expressed will of a majority of the voters of the State,—­was in the fall of 1875 overthrown through the medium of a sanguinary revolution.  The State Government was virtually seized and taken possession of vi et armis.  Why was this?  What was the excuse for it?  What was the motive, the incentive that caused it?  It was not in the interest of good, efficient, and capable government; for that we already had.  It was not on account of dishonesty, maladministration, misappropriation of public funds; for every dollar of the public funds had been faithfully accounted for.  It was not on account of high taxes; for it had been shown that, while the tax rate was quite high during the Alcorn administration, it had been reduced under the Ames administration to a point considerably less than it is now or than it has been for a number of years.  It was not to prevent “Negro Domination” and to make sure the ascendency of the whites in the administration of the State and local governments; for that was then the recognized and established order of things, from which there was no apprehension of departure.  Then, what was the cause of this sudden and unexpected uprising?  There must have been a strong, if not a justifiable, reason for it.  What was it?  That question will be answered in a subsequent chapter.



In the last preceding chapter it was stated that the reason for the sanguinary revolution, which resulted in the overthrow of the Republican state government in the State of Mississippi in 1875, would be given in a subsequent chapter.  What was true of Mississippi at that time was largely true of the other Reconstructed States where similar results subsequently followed.  When the War of the Rebellion came to an end it was believed by some, and apprehended by others, that serious and radical changes in the previous order of things would necessarily follow.

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