Mississippi in 1875: Report of the Select Committee, Testimony & Evidence
Mississippi in 1875: Report of the Select Committee, Testimony & Evidence
Mississippi in 1875: Report of the Select Committee, Testimony & Evidence
Mississippi in 1875: Report of the Select Committee, Testimony & Evidence

Mississippi in 1875: Report of the Select Committee, Testimony & Evidence

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Mississippi in 1875: Report of the Select Committee to inquire into the Mississippi Election of 1875, with the Testimony and Documentary Evidence. In Two Volumes [complete]. Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1876. First Edition.

Two volume set in original cloth bindings, worn a bit at the ends and edges. 6 x 9 inches; cxi., folding plate, 1819 pp., map, 240 clean pp. Ex college library with "removed" stamps, bookplates, faint outline of removed spine labels. The set never had card pockets or computer labels. The front hinge to the at the end papers was open on vol. i., exposing the spine beneath the backstrip.  We applied archival paste and closed the separation. Good. Old white blotch splatter to back cover of vol. i. Hardcover.  [2976]

Freed slaves in Mississippi voted overwhelmingly for Republicans in 1874, giving that party a 30,000 vote majority in what had previously been a Democrat stronghold. Democrats reacted with violence to suppress the black vote and black elected leaders. In 1875 the riots in Vicksburg resulted in the murder of some 300 blacks in the city and vicinity, and President Grant sent Federal troops to quell the violence. The statewide elections of 1875 resulted in exactly 25 Republican votes from predominantly black counties; the 30,000 vote majority had disappeared in the face of threats and violence.

The Federal Senate in 1876 commissioned a study of the election, and this is the report. It is full of first-hand accounts of what had occurred in Mississippi, including testimony of murders and assassinations.