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In November, numerous households throughout Texas head out for the once a year deer hunt, a ritual that spans generations, ethnicities, socioeconomics, and gender as possibly no different cultural event within the kingdom. Rick Bass's relations has lower back to a similar hardscrabble piece of land within the Hill Country—"the Deer Pasture"—for greater than seventy-five years. In A Thousand Deer, Bass walks the Deer Pasture back in reminiscence and tales, tallying up what searching there has taught him approximately our desire for wildness and desolate tract, approximately cycles in nature and within the lifetime of a relatives, and especially approximately how very important it's for kids to reside within the traditional world.

The arc of A Thousand Deer spans from Bass's boyhood within the suburbs of Houston, the place he looked for something rank or fecund within the little oxbow swamps and wallet of woods alongside Buffalo Bayou, to his dedication to offering his youngsters in Montana a similar opportunity—a lifestyles afield—that his mom and dad gave him in Texas. unavoidably this brings him again to the Deer Pasture and the passing of seasons and generations he has skilled there. Bass lyrically describes his personal passage from younger manhood, while the urge to seek was once anything primal, to mature maturity and the waning of the urge to take an animal, his dedication to the quest evolving right into a dedication to family members and to the final wild locations.

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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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