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Benjamin Ryan Tillman (1847-1918) accomplished a political revolution in South Carolina when he defeated Governor Wade Hampton and the old guard Bourbons who had run the state since the end of Reconstruction. Tillman and his movement aimed to expand the political control of the state to lower- and middle-class whites at the expense of African Americans and the state's former leaders. During his political ascendancy as governor and then United States Senator, Tillman introduced the state's dispensary system and shaped the state's 1895 constitution into a bulwark of white supremacy. His legacy was one of divisiveness between black and white and between whites of differing economic and geographical backgrounds. Even as Tillman championed greater equity for white farmers and mill workers, he masterminded the pernicious system of segregation and disfranchisement for African Americans during the 1890s when he not only trampled their needs, but stripped them of fundamental political and civil rights. Almost single-handedly Tillman established the iniquities of Jim Crow that countless other Southern demagogues would imitate. These "accomplishments" would plague the South and the nation until this day. Orville Vernon Burton's new introduction to this Southern classic looks at both Tillman and author Francis Simkins as prime examples of southerners with tremendous talent but unsettling accomplishments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570034770
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 634
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2003

    "A GREAT,GREAT,GREAT,GREAT, NEPHEW DEFENDS HIS UNCLE BEN'S HONOR"

    They Say if your going to talk about somebody dead "say something nice" Uncle Ben was a savvy politition they named a political science after him "Tillmanism" But the one thing he was "not"a racist. The blacks of that period were solidly on the side of the aristocrats.(who had all the money) who had been holding the merchants and agriculturalists hostage for decades. Uncle Ben did what it took to put a stop to that. Even if it was against the blacks whose votes sided with the aristocrats. Ben single handedly freeded the farmers and merchants from heavy levies and over-taxation that was driving them out of business. Of course thats what you get! when you have plutocrats running amuck in this country. And thats what had sickened the old south. "PLUTOCRATISM" Sure he tied up the black vote temporily' but for ethical and sound reasons. "Plutocratisms" have sickened societies throughout the centuries. And they do so today. They don't build statutes of people and call them racist. And they don't call his ways a political science if he's a racist. They do that stuff after "Great People". Money is like water it always seeks it's lowest level. And this book seems to do just that. I'll aquire one and give an analysis of it's content and it's depth. Robert Norris Holstein Nephew Of Ben

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