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Louisiana Politics
and the Paradoxes of Reaction and Reform 1877-1928

Matthew J. Schott
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BOOK SUMMARY
A critical reconsideration of Louisiana politics & society from Reconstruction to the advent of Huey Long.

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
This volume of The Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History, covering a chronological period defined by political events, the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and the election of Huey P. Long as governor in 1928, incorporates writings that deal primarily, though not exclusively, with political movements and governmental affairs. The readings are divided into four parts.

Excerpts from books by Allan P. Sindler and Perry H. Howard in Part I exemplify tendencies of scholars, contrary to the modernization theme, to characterize the history from 1877-1928 as one of conservatism and political reaction, material and social impoverishment, and suppression by violent or corrupt means of lower class aspirations for economic betterment and political equality.

In the selections for Part II, developments from 1877 are seen as leading up to the defeat of working class and agrarian protest movements, legalization of racial segregation, the disfranchisement of black voters, and establishment of one-party governance by the white supremacist Democratic Party in the 1890s.

Selections in Part IV, complement Part II for the period after 1900. They stress the continuing frustration of reform movements, with emphasis on failed efforts to curtail the power of the New Orleans machine and the ineffectiveness of the conservative anti-machine leaders, notably John M. Parker, elected governor in 1920.

The processes of modernization before 1928 emerge clearly in the readings in Part III. The term modernization is used here in the broadest sense to refer to changes associated with urbanization, the impact of scientific and technological discoveries and innovations, the transportation and communication revolutions, the decline of agriculture and agrarian influences, and the growth of corporate power.

Schott's volume goes far toward giving readers a clear insight to the complexities of Louisiana history between 1877 and 1928.

Volume VII of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History.

BOOK EXCERPTS
CONTENTS

PART I REFORM AND REACTION: THE HISTORIOGRAPHICAL CONTEXT

The Setting for Recent Politics
by Allan P. Sindler

The Populist-Republican Fusion: 1896
by Perry Howard

Introduction to Southern Progressivism: The Reconciliation of Progress
and Tradition
by Dewey W. Grantham

Class Conflict in Louisiana Voting Since 1877, Some New Perspectives
by Matthew J. Schott

Death of Class Struggle: End of Louisiana History?
by Matthew J. Schott

PART II ECONOMIC, CLASS, RACIAL, AND ETHNIC CONFLICT AND
REACTION, 1877-1900

The "New Departure"
by William Ivy Hair

Bourbon Democracy
by William Ivy Hair

The Alliance and the Lottery: Farmers Try for the Sweepstakes
by Henry C. Dethloff

Bosses and Businessmen
by Joy J. Jackson

"Who Killa de Chief Revisited: The Hennessey Assassination and Its Aftermath, 1890-1991
by John V, Baiamonte, Jr.

The Rise of Populism
by William Ivy Hair

John Fitzpatrick and the Limits of Working Class Politics in New Orleans, 1892-1896
by Brian Gary Ettinger

Political Legacy
by Edward F. Haas

Jim Crow's Ascendancy
by Roger A. Fischer

Race Riot
by William Ivy Hair

PART III MODERNIZATION:
CHALLENGES AND RESPONSES, 1880s TO 1920s

A Glimmer of Hope: The World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial
Exposition, New Orleans, 1884-1885
by Samuel C. Shepherd, Jr.

Town Development in Southwest Louisiana, 1865-1900
by Donald J. Millet

Cisterns and Fires: Shreveport, Louisiana, as a Case Study of the
Emergence of Public Water Supply Systems in the South
by Terry S. Reynolds

Martin Behnnan and New Orleans Civic Development, 1904-1920
by Robert W. Williams, Jr.

The Origin of the Mississippi River Commission
by Mary G. McBride and Ann McLaurin

Organizing the Yellow Fever Crusade: State and Local Efforts
by Jo Ann Carrigan

The Development of Louisiana's Public Mental Institutions, 1735-1940
by Richard Lawrence Gordon

Some Overall Perspectives on Cultural Boundary Formation and Maintenance in Louisiana, 1880-1940
by James G. Dauphine

The Impact of World War I on Louisiana's Schools and Community Life
by Jean M. Palmer

Louisiana Baptists and the Scopes Trial
by Wallace Hebert

PART IV PROGRESSIVE REFORM: VARIETY AND PARADOXES

Ruling the Roost
by William Ivy Hair

The Sailors and Marine Transport Workers' 1913 Strike in New Orleans: The AFL and the IWW
by Bernard A. Cook and James R. Watson

The Rest of the Story: Kate Gordon and the Opposition to the Nineteenth Amendment in the South
by Eina C. Green

Progressives Against Democracy: Electoral Reform in Louisiana, 1894-
1921
by Matthew J. Schott

"Judicious" State Administration, 1901-1920
by Mark T. Carleton

Incidents Preceding the Louisiana Child Labor Law of 1912
by Nancy Pride

Louisiana Socialists in the Early Twentieth Century:
A Study of Rustic Radicalism
by Grady McWhiney

Theodore Roosevelt's Visit to New Orleans and the Progressive Campaign of 1914
by Richard H. Collin

The Public Utilities Industry in New Orleans: A Study in Capital, Labor and Government, 1894-1929.
by Adam Fairclough

Prohibition in New Orleans: The Unlikeliest Crusade
by Joy J. Jackson

The Ku Klux Klan in the Southwest
by Charles C. Alexander

Money, Resources, and Gentlemen: Petroleum Severance Taxation, 1910-1925.
by Brady M. Banta

The Fight is Just Beginning
by T. Harry Williams

Disgusted
by William Ivy Hair

Huey Long: Progressive Backlash?
by Matthew J. Schott

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ISBN: 1887366393
ISBN(13-digit): 9781887366397
Copyright: 2000
Library of Congress: 96-84494
Binding: Sewn
No. of Pages: 706





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