National Expansion

National Expansion

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...who could not read. In one county the probate judge was under indictment for murder; in another county the circuit clerk CARPET-BAG RULE IN ALABAMA 5425 killed his brother-in-law and attempted to kill the collector of internal revenue. The chancellor was a former slave-trader and the marshal a former slave-owner. The sheriff of Madison County could not write; and so it was all over Alabama. The first lieutenant-governor after Alabama was readmitted to the Union, was an illiterate Federal soldier from Wisconsin who was stranded in the State after the war by illness, and cared for by the family of J ef f Thompson, former Confederate Secretary of the Treasury, whose kindness he repaid by stealing the Secretary's private papers, which he offered to sell back for $10,000. Failing to get this sum, he subsequently disposed of them to Thompson's lawyer for $300. The whole matter was exposed before his election, but it had no effect. The secretary of state was from Maine, the treasurer was from New York, the auditor was from Wisconsin, the superintendent of industrial resources was from Pennsylvania, the chief justice was from New York. Most of the State Legislature was made up of aliens and negroes. The national Senators and Representatives from the State were all so-called carpetbaggers) some of them men of intelligence and 1870 1870 1 Under the protection of the national power and with the numerical superiority of the negroes in several States, it was easy for low white men to obtain control of the local governments. Out of these circumstances there came into political power the class of men known as "ca.rpet-baggers," so described from the insulting presumption that the entire worldly estate of each one of the class was...
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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 277g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236912489
  • 9781236912480