her trade, her credit, and her hope, the city rose in her despair and put the question to herself:--Shall the White
family perish on the Gulf of Mexico
Her answer was emphatic.
A reaction instantly set in — a reaction in the sense of setting the question of race above that of party — the Republic
above the Republicans.
In clubs, in drawing-rooms, in magazines and stores, a White sentiment began to show.
This movement was directed less against the coloured people than against the strangers and scalawags, who managed the coloured people for party purposes.
A league was understood; a White League, in opposition to the Black League
; but the members held no meetings, named no committees, elected no chiefs.
It was a sentiment rather than a society; but the European
genius is organic; and the European
sentiment was ready to take an active shape.
These leaguers, say they, are not a party but a people, and the object of their union is to save the White
Yet, as nearly every white man in New Orleans has been a soldier, the leaguers are