The transition from radical to democratic rule in Louisiana, 1876-1880
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Much has been written on what happened in the several southern states during Reconstruction but very little has been done on the changes that took place after the Democrats ousted the Republicans from control. Reconstruction in Louisiana lasted longer than in any other state, and three students, Dr. W. M. Caskey, Dr. Ella Lonn, and the late Dr. J. R. Ficklen, have written about it. Louisiana had suffered for fourteen years preceding 1876 when the courage and tact of Francis T. Nicholls drove the carpet-bag government from the state. It is the purpose of this study to relate the steps by which the native Louisianians regained control of their government, despite the tremendous problems that faced them, and then to trace the process of readjustment through each of the years of Governor Nicholls's first administration, 1876-1880.