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Author Upchurch, Thomas Adams.

Title Legislating racism : the billion dollar Congress and the birth of Jim Crow / Thomas Adams Upchurch.

Published Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©2004.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (320 pages)
Series Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-286) and index.
Contents The grand old party faces the grand old problem -- To empty a running stream : the U.S. Senate considers the Butler Emigration Bill -- To drain the infinite oceans : the swan song of the once-great Blair Education Bill -- Charting new waters : the race problem and the "Reed rules" in the House of Representatives -- The very insanity of democracy : the Federal Elections Bill and the return to reconstruction in the House of Representatives -- Judging the insanity : public reactions to the inflammatory "Force Bill" and the tyranny of the majority -- The stormy and turbulent sea of democratic freedom : the Senate's epic struggle for control of the nation's racial destiny -- Showdown on Capitol Hill : the filibuster, the cloture rule, and the defeat of the Federal Elections Bill -- Silver, sectionalism, Sioux Indians, and sinophobia : why many westerners opposed the Federal Elections Bill -- The "peculiar situation" of African Americans and ethnic minorities in the United States : how racism became fashionable in the 1890s -- Assessing the billion dollar Congress and its effects on American history and race relations.
Summary The Civil War and Reconstruction were characterized by two lasting legacies -- the failure to bring racial harmony to the South and the failure to foster reconciliation between the North and South. The nation was left with a festering race problem, as a white-dominated society and political structure debated the +proper role for blacks. At the national level, both sides harbored bitter feelings toward the other, which often resulted in clashes among congressmen that inflamed, rather than solved, the race problem. No Congress expended more energy debating this issue than the Fifty-First.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject United States. Congress (51st, 1st session : 1889-1890)
United States. Congress (51st, 2nd session : 1890-1891)
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 19th century.
Minorities -- Civil rights -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
African Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- History -- 19th century.
Minorities -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Racism -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Race relations -- Political aspects.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780813156385 (electronic bk.)
0813156386 (electronic bk.)
0813123119 (acid-free paper)
9780813123110 (acid-free paper)