The Facts of Reconstruction eBook

John R. Lynch
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and conditions which they can neither control nor prevent.  They would not hesitate to raise the arm of revolt if they had any hope, or if they believed that ultimate success would be the result thereof.  But as matters now stand they can detect no ray of hope, and can see no avenue of escape.  Hence nothing remains for them to do but to hold the chain of political oppression and subjugation, while their former political subordinates rivet and fasten the same around their unwilling necks.  They find they can do nothing but sacrifice their pride, their manhood, and their self-respect upon the altar of political necessity.  They see, they feel, they fully realize the hopelessness of their condition and the helplessness of their situation.  They see, they know, they acknowledge that in the line of political distinction and official recognition they can get nothing that their former political subordinates are not willing for them to have.  With a hope of getting a few crumbs that may fall from the official table they make wry faces and pretend to be satisfied with what is being done, and with the way in which it is done.  They are looked upon with suspicion and their loyalty to the new order of things is a constant source of speculation, conjecture, and doubt.  But, for reasons of political expediency, a few crumbs are allowed occasionally to go to some one of that class,—­crumbs that are gratefully acknowledged and thankfully received, upon the theory that some little consideration is better than none at all, especially in their present helpless and dependent condition.  But even these small crumbs are confined to those who are most pronounced and outspoken in their declarations and protestations of loyalty, devotion, and subservient submission to the new order of things.

CHAPTER XII

EVENTFUL DAYS OF THE FORTY-THIRD CONGRESS

The Mississippi Constitution having been ratified in 1869,—­an odd year of the calendar,—­caused the regular elections for State, district and county officers to occur on the odd year of the calendar, while the National elections occurred on the even years of the calendar, thus necessitating the holding of an election in the State every year.  Therefore, no election was to be held in 1874, except for Congressmen, and to fill a few vacancies, while the regular election for county officers and members of the Legislature would be held in 1875.

Since the regular session of the 44th Congress would not convene before December, 1875, in order to avoid the trouble and expense incident to holding an election in 1874, the Legislature passed a bill postponing the election of members of Congress until November, 1875.  There being some doubt about the legality of this legislation, Congress passed a bill legalizing the act of the Legislature.  Consequently no election was held in the State in 1874 except to fill a few vacancies that had occurred in the Legislature and in some of the districts and counties.

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