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By Alan Axelrod

A conflict - prepared consultant to the deadliest struggle in American history.

Completely revised for the Sesquicentennial, The whole Idiot's consultant to the Civil conflict, 3rd Edition is a complete review of America's bloodiest war.

From the 1st photographs fired at fortress Sumter to Lee's quit at Appomattox, this booklet embodies the most recent scholarship, supplying attention-grabbing tales of the boys and girls who fought bravely and infrequently died for a reason they believed in.

The e-book incorporates a transparent chronology of significant occasions, certain motives of key battles resembling Gettysburg, Chattanooga, and Chancellorsville.

Author Alan Axelrod bargains intimate impressions and anecdotes from generals and squaddies alike, and techniques of battle leaders corresponding to Sherman, Lee, and supply.

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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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