An Absolute Massacre: The New Orleans Race Riot of July 30, by James G. Hollandsworth Jr.

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 adversarial whites. phrases have been exchanged, photographs rang out, and inside of mins a rebel erupted with unrestrained fury. while it was once over, not less than forty-eight men—an vast majority of them black—lay lifeless and greater than 200 were wounded. In An Absolute bloodbath, James G. Hollandsworth, Jr., examines the occasions surrounding the war of words and provides a compelling examine the racial tinderbox that used to be the post-Civil battle South.

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I move to lay it on the table," he shouted. " But the delegates in favor of limited black suffrage were well prepared, and Abell's absence left the conservative forces momentarily in disarray. Durell called for a voice vote and declared that the article had been rejected. The prosuffrage delegates demanded a roll call, and the article passed by a vote of forty-eight to thirty-two. 20 The compromise, which let the legislature decide on the issue of black suffrage, had become part of the Louisiana constitution.

13 Wells's drift toward the conservative end of the political spectrum and Johnson's lenient stance toward former Confederates caused the Unionists who favored a gradual reconstruction of the South to reconsider their quarrel with the Radicals. Universal male suffrage had been the major issue separating the two sides, but it had become apparent that the immediate enfranchisement of black males would be the only way the gradualists could hope to regain control of the state's political machinery.

But the delegates in favor of limited black suffrage were well prepared, and Abell's absence left the conservative forces momentarily in disarray. Durell called for a voice vote and declared that the article had been rejected. The prosuffrage delegates demanded a roll call, and the article passed by a vote of forty-eight to thirty-two. 20 The compromise, which let the legislature decide on the issue of black suffrage, had become part of the Louisiana constitution. The convention continued its work for another month before finalizing the new constitution on July 22.

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