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[Louisiana]: [Reconstruction]
REPORT OF THE BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF LOUISIANA. JANUARY, 1869
New Orleans: A.L. Lee, State Printer, 1869. 30pp. Original printed wrappers. Soft vertical crease throughout, wrappers somewhat chipped, mild soiling. Small stain to upper corner of titlepage and following leaf, otherwise text evenly toned. Withal, a very good copy. A scarce and interesting report that is tantamount to a Reconstruction-era promotional for the state of Louisiana, with commentary on emancipated African Americans in the state. The dramatic social revolution caused by the Civil War, Emancipation, and Reconstruction is reflected in the present work. After the Civil War, Confederate nationalistic passions had not cooled sufficiently to encourage settlement in Louisiana. In fact, immigration seemed to be headed the other way, with "an emigration of thousands of our best citizens to the North," according to the report. Now, however, "an era of good feeling seems to be at hand." A diversifying society, an abundance of crops, and respect for "the political opinions" of northern immigrants are all bringing positive changes to Louisiana. Emphasizing the necessity of peaceful race relations, Immigration Bureau Chief James Noyes counsels the former plantation owners, "Never did any one people under the sun owe a greater debt of gratitude to another than do the property owners of Louisiana to the blacks, just released from the hardships of slavery....The wonderful progress they have already made is the best possibly augury for their future." The wrapper title reads, REPORT OF JAMES O. NOYES, CHIEF OF THE BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF LOUISIANA. Q … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [United States]
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