Republicanism in Reconstruction Texas

Republicanism in Reconstruction Texas

by Carl H. Moneyhon
ISBN-10:
1585441112
ISBN-13:
9781585441112
Pub. Date:
12/19/1980
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press

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Republicanism in Reconstruction Texas

On July 21, 1870, a group of selfstyled "Conservatives" met in Austin to discuss the political situation in the state. In almost hysterical tones they attacked the Republican administration of Governor Edmund J. Davis for assuming despotic powers. In every action of his newly installed administration they saw limitations placed on their civil rights. The men who met in Austin believed that they were in the middle of a revolution against traditional political societies and called upon all citizens to help them stop the activities of the Republicans.

Many such events characterized the years following the Civil War in Texas, which brought turmoil, economic hardship, freedom for former slaves, Reconstruction policies, and Republican party rule. For better or worse, depending on one's perspective, the world had turned upside down, and Southerners blamed state Republican parties and their leaders for the upheaval. This classic study of post_Civil War Texas, first published in 1980, gives a thorough account of the rise and functioning of the Republican party until its defeat by resurgent Democrats in 1874. Moneyhon focuses on Republican leaders, constituents, ideology, policies, and relations with the national party in an attempt to uncover the basis of the Southern Republican movement.

The object of so much feeling in its time, Southern Republicanism has long intrigued historians of the American political process. Political scientists, historians, and anyone interested in post_Civil War Texas will find much to ponder in this work, because to understand the dynamics of the Republican movement is to better grasp the nature and possibility of social change.

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ISBN-13: 9781585441112
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 12/19/1980
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

CARL H. MONEYHON is a professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is the author of several books on the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the New South.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introductionxiii
1.Texas in 18653
2.The Unionist Origins of Texas Republicanism21
3.From Unionism to Republicanism42
4.Organizing the Republican Party61
5.Radicals and Conservatives: Factionalism and the Split of Texas Republicanism82
6.Texas Republicans in the State Election of 1869104
7.The Price of the Republican Coalition: The Radicals and the Twelfth Legislature129
8.Tyranny, Texas, and Corruption: Crisis of the Radical Coalition152
9."We Have Met the Enemy and We Are Theirs": The 1872 General Election168
10.The Last Fight183
Appendices
1.Returns on Selected Elections, 1859-1873197
2.Correlations of Political and Ecological Data224
3.Delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1866226
4.Delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1868-1869236
5.Cluster Analysis of the Constitutional Convention of 1868-1869248
Notes253
Bibliographical Essay289
Index301

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