Feb 21, 2008 - Sale 2137

Sale 2137 - Lot 49

Price Realized: $ 270
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
LOUISIANA ELECTION RIOTS OF 1875 (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION--RECONSTRUCTION.) Two pamphlets relative to the contested elections and race riot in Louisiana in 1875. The Louisiana Case. Equality of Man and Social Equality of Race, Speech of Hon. John S. Hager of California in the Senate of the United States, Wednesday, February 17, 1875 * Punishment or Pardon; Force or Freedom, for the Wasted Land. Speech of Hon. S. S. Cox, of New York, in the House of Representatives, Saturday, February 27, 1875. 8vo's, original self and printed wrappers, stitched. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1875

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first editions. Following the election riots of 1872, the federal government sent in troops and essentially occupied the state of Louisiana, nullifying the election and placing an interim governor at the statehouse. Both Hager and Cox, Democrats, denounced the government position but after a fairly well-presented argument based on constitutional issues, Hager descends into an attack against the African American, by introducing not so subtle arguments regarding the primacy of the white race. It was not until 1877 that some semblance of order was returned to Louisiana. However, African Americans had effectively lost political control of the state and in the South altogether. In 1879 a new constitution was written returning Louisiana to "Home Rule" and democratic white supremacist control.