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South Carolina scalawags /
Hyman Rubin III.
Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, c2006.
xxviii, 192 p.
157003625X (cloth), 9781570036255 (cloth)
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Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, c2006.
157003625X (cloth)
9781570036255 (cloth)
contents note
Introduction : the scalawags and the historians -- Origins of the scalawags, 1865-1867 -- The Republican alternative -- The Democratic counterattack -- The perils of faction -- Moderation in pursuit of justice -- Epilogue: White Republicans after reconstruction -- Appendix A: South Carolina white Republicans a preliminary compendium -- Appendix B: Known Republicans who joined the 1872 Bolting Movement.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [163]-177) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-10-01:
The Republican Party in the South during Reconstruction comprised three groups. African Americans registered as Republicans and voted for the party of Abraham Lincoln when they received the franchise, forming the largest constituency of southern Republicanism. Carpetbaggers were people from the North who moved south during Reconstruction to participate in Republican politics. Scalawags were native white southerners who joined the party. Rubin (Columbia College) writes that previous studies have focused on the experiences of black Republicans and carpetbaggers while overlooking the role played by southern whites who joined the Republican effort. His study of South Carolina scalawags begins to fill that gap in southern historiography. Rubin includes information about the backgrounds of these individuals as he explains why some white South Carolinians risked the ire of their Democratic neighbors to embrace the philosophy of equality for African Americans and their inclusion in the political process. He also explores their performance in government and recognizes that factionalism and corruption helped contribute to their downfall. This book is an important contribution to the history of southern politics, and should inspire additional studies of this group in other states of the former Confederacy. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. J. P. Sanson Louisiana State University at Alexandria
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Table of Contents
Preface : Reconstruction in South Carolina
Introduction : the scalawags and the historians
Origins of the scalawags, 1865-1867p. 1
The Republican alternativep. 18
The Democratic counterattackp. 37
The perils of factionp. 59
Moderation in pursuit of justicep. 83
Epilogue : white Republicans after Reconstructionp. 112
South Carolina white Republicans - a preliminary compendiump. 119
Known Republicans who joined the 1872 Bolting movementp. 123
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