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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 3: White reaction. (search)
and Seville, were left to rot in filth and rags. Levees were broken through; and fertile fields lay under water. Weeds and mosses sprang up rich and rank. The cotton fields seemed wasting into jungle, the ramparts crumbling into the river, and streets and gardens rotting in a physical and moral blight. Proud and beautiful New Orleans! Ruined in 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 Leagu
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 4: General Sheridan. (search)
w Orleans forms a part, consists of two departments:--a Department of the South, and a Department of the Gulf. That of the South comprises seven States: Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida, except the forts in Pensacola Bay, from Fort Jefferson to Key West. The Headquarters are at Louisville, where General McDowell resides. That of the Gulf comprises three States: Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas, with all the military stations in the Gulf of Mexico, from Fort Jefferson to Key West, except the forts in Mobile Bay. The Headquarters are at New Orleans, where General Emory commands, under the orders of his superior officer, General McDowell. General Sheridan's Division of the Missouri is of greater extent, and, in a military sense, of vaster importance, since it runs from the British frontier to the Mexican frontier, and cuts off every line of intercourse between the Eastern and Western States. This great division consists of four
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 7: banditti (search)
law will be over-ridden. Defiance to the laws and the murder of individuals seem to be looked upon by the community here from a standpoint which gives impunity to all who choose to indulge in either, and the civil government appears powerless to punish or even arrest. I have to-night assumed control over the Department of the Gulf. P. H. Sheridan. This Department of the Gulf, comprising three great States-Louisiana, Missisippi, and Arkansas, with all the forts and stations in the Gulf of Mexico, except the forts in Mobile Bay — are swept by one stroke of the pen from McDowell's Division of the South. Next morning brings Sheridan an assurance from the Adjutant-General, Townsend, that his conduct is approved: to which assurance he replies by sending up his scheme for dealing with the Southern States; a document likely to be famous in the story of American Liberty. No Spanish viceroy in Sicily, no Muscovite governor of Poland, ever asked imperial masters for such license as S
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 17: Virginia. (search)
ys failed. The case of Toussaint l'overture is no exception to the rule, for the war in Hayti was political rather than servile, and in the long run Toussaint failed as Dessalines and Christophe also failed. When the war of secession broke out, emancipation by the sword was a new theory; and the overthrow of a powerful aristocracy for the benefit of their serfs was a thing unknown. No such upheaval of society, as we now find along the vast regions stretching from the Potomac to the Gulf of Mexico, is on record in any nation; nor after such a convulsion can one expect to see the moral balance of society rapidly restored. We must be patient, for we have to wait on some of the most delicate movements of the human heart. A man learns to hide his scars and sores; a woman will not learn. Women are never so heroic, so imprudent, as in defeat. They glory in their sufferings, and prepare the day of their revenge. In all these southern towns, the ladies keep alive the memory of figh
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 18: at Washington. (search)
an of three thousand murders and attempts at murder in Louisiana. I have seen a later list, in which the figures count up to four thousand. Four thousand! exclaims the President. Yes, four thousand; and the list is growing every hour. Nothing is easier than to make such lists. You have only to ask for ten thousand; Packard and Pinchback will be able to supply them in a week. You think the figures incorrect? The figures may be true enough. Violence is common on the Gulf of Mexico, where a civilized race is fighting with two savage races; but the question is-how far these murders and attempts at .murder have their sources in political passion? Why, puts in Colonel Grant, there were three thousand political murders in Texas last year; three thousand murders of Negroes in a single State in one year! That statement strikes one oddly. We have recently come from Texas, which we crossed from north to south, from Red River to Galveston. On every road we hear
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 26: Yellow Agony. (search)
ions would be nothing to them, while the gift would be death to us. The Senator is right. A drain of fifty millions from the Five Provinces would leave those provinces as densely crowded as Ireland was before the famine. It would pay the Government of Pekin to hire ships and send these fifty millions out. Spread about the United States, as labourers for wages always spread themselves about, fifty millions of Mongols would yield a safe majority in every ballot-box from Oregon to the Gulf of Mexico. Who says they will never come? Who knows what men will dare when pressed by want? Hunger has broken through stone walls and braved tempestuous seas. Failure of a root transferred a third part of the Irish people to America; though an Irish kerne is just as fond of his native soil as a Mongolian peasant. Who knows the future of the tea-plant? We have had a vine disease and a potato-blight Suppose the tea-plant were to fail? If such a disaster should convert China into another Ir
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 33: illiteracy in America. (search)
by the republic to her several States, by each State to her several counties, and by each county, as a rule, to her several townships. Where a township has a city within her limits, she mostly leaves the training of that city to the citizens. So far from there being an American school system in America, it is not true to say there is a Pennsylvanian school system in Pennsylvania, or a New York school system in New York. There is an Excelsior system, and a Deadly Swamp system. On the Gulf of Mexico they have one system, in the Rocky Mountains a second system, in the New England region a third system. It is hardly an abuse of words to say there are as many school systems as there are townships in the United States. In only five States out of thirty-nine is there a law in favour of compulsory attendance at school. These five States are New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Michigan, and New.York; but even in these States the law is nowhere carried out with rigour, and the