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Conceiving a new republic : the Republican Party and the southern question, 1869-1900 / Charles W. Calhoun.

By: Calhoun, Charles W. (Charles William), 1948-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: American political thought: Publisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2006Description: x, 347 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0700614621 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780700614622 (cloth : alk. paper).Other title: Republican Party and the southern question, 1869-1900.Subject(s): Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) -- History -- 19th century | Southern States -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950 | Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) | United States -- Politics and government -- 1865-1900 | Republicanism -- United States -- History -- 19th centuryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Conceiving a new republic.DDC classification: 973.8 Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Regeneration of a nation -- Republicanism contested : the election of 1872 -- The Republican project under siege : the Grant administration and the trial of enforcement -- The southern question revived : the campaign of 1876 -- Rescuing the republic : the electoral crisis of 1876-1877 -- Conciliation is not mutual : republicanism and the southern policy of Rutherford B. Hayes -- Confrontation with a solid south : new directions under Garfield and Arthur -- The fundamental question in a republic : republicanism, economics, and electoral stalemate in the 1880s -- Republicanism defeated : the Lodge Federal Elections Bill -- Surrender of the new republic : Reconstruction undone and the nationalism of reconciliation -- Notes -- Index.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 291-331) and index.

Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Regeneration of a nation -- 2. Republicanism contested : the election of 1872 -- 3. The Republican project under siege : the Grant administration and the trial of enforcement -- 4. The southern question revived : the campaign of 1876 -- 5. Rescuing the republic : the electoral crisis of 1876-1877 -- 6. Conciliation is not mutual : republicanism and the southern policy of Rutherford B. Hayes -- 7. Confrontation with a solid south : new directions under Garfield and Arthur -- 8. The fundamental question in a republic : republicanism, economics, and electoral stalemate in the 1880s -- 9. Republicanism defeated : the Lodge Federal Elections Bill -- 10. Surrender of the new republic : Reconstruction undone and the nationalism of reconciliation -- Notes -- Index.

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Given the strong support that African American voters give to the Democratic Party, an understandable and frequently asked question is, what happened to the "party of Lincoln"? The party was founded, in part, on a commitment to abolish slavery and support the civil rights of African Americans, but deviated from those principles over a century ago. In this meticulously researched and well-written narrative, Calhoun (East Carolina Univ.) traces the transformation of the Republican Party to the 1870s-80s, demonstrating that well before the famed end of Reconstruction in 1877, the Republicans had begun to tire of their civil rights-based southern strategy. The author's discussion of the political crisis that put President Hayes in the White House is persuasive. While the commitment to civil rights did not disappear overnight, it was clear that even in the waning days of the Grant administration, and certainly in the Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, and ultimately Harrison administrations, the trend to give rhetorical service to civil rights was not always manifested in votes, and the Republican Party increasingly became a party that celebrated other issues. The bibliography is extensive. This is political history at its best. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above. T. F. Armstrong Louisiana State University at Alexandria

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