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By Jeff M. Shaara

Carrying on with the trilogy that begun with A Blaze of Glory, manhattan instances bestselling writer Jeff Shaara returns to chronicle one other decisive bankruptcy in America's lengthy and bloody Civil conflict. In a series of Thunder, the motion shifts to the citadel urban of Vicksburg, Mississippi. There, within the vaunted "Gibraltar of the Confederacy," a siege for the a long time will cement the recognition of 1 Union general--and all yet seal the destiny of the insurgent cause.

In may perhaps 1863, after months of tough and sour wrestle, Union troops less than the command of significant common Ulysses S. furnish in the end effectively move the Mississippi River. They strength the remnants of accomplice Lieutenant common John C. Pemberton's military to retreat to Vicksburg, burning the bridges over the massive Black River in its course. yet after maintaining heavy casualties in failed attacks opposed to the rebels, Union infantrymen are wasting self assurance and morale is low. supply reluctantly makes a decision to lay...

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41 Plessy upheld the constitutionality of separate-but-equal railroad accommodations. ”42 Traditional sources of constitutional interpretation did not dictate a contrary result in Plessy, but given the drastic deterioration in racial attitudes and practices by 1896, one wonders whether the Court would have invalidated segregation even had the legal sources better supported that result. By the 1890s, most southern whites strongly favored segregation. Rising white-onblack violence, including lynchings, made segregation seem “the embodiment of enlightened public policy”—a progressive solution to growing inter- The Plessy Era 21 racial conflict.

In Tennessee and North Carolina, black officeholding peaked in the 1880s, as blacks demanded their share of political spoils in return for providing the bulk of Republicans’ electoral support. Black congressmen represented Mississippi into the 1880s, South Carolina and Virginia into the 1890s, and North Carolina until 1901. Perhaps most important, many blacks continued to hold the local offices that exercised day-to-day control over people’s lives. 72 The political participation of southern blacks declined dramatically around 1890.

60 The intense political competition that had facilitated bans on school segregation also lapsed. From 1874 until 1894, neither political party enjoyed a secure advantage in the lower North. Black populations as low as 1 or 2 percent could tip the balance, and both parties had incentives to bid for black votes. Thus, in some states, it was Republicans and in others, Democrats who enacted civil rights legislation. After the transitional elections of the mid1890s, however, Republicans held solid majorities in most northern states and no longer needed black votes.

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