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be moved bv the Senate resolu­ Communists have been able to change Communists another victorv?” New Orleans And South Could Note Freedom Date By HOLMES ALEXANDER W VSIIINT.TON — V ,T.. ri i their marching this year on the tooth anniversary of Emancipation, but they aren't the only race w th a liberation to celebrate. Next year, on September It, 1004, there falls the 90th anr. versary *>f a date uhvh Southern White folks in the past have oh- sachu.M'tts Vinutemen d cd against the Redcoats. The White Leaguers lost 13 and 30 were wounded. Not the casualties but the significance — past and future — is what the historian Mu- Omcr Landry wrote battle lav whenserved as the di were freed of the hated Reconstruct ton. In New Orleans there -tares a monument in Liberty Place to the Batt.e of Canal Street. It was here that General Fred Ogden, commandant of the White League smashed the combined forces of the Metropolitan Police, the Federalized militia and their Negro auxiliaries, \ BOOK <>i ,Le gumect, p b* l shed m 193.'» but catching attention now. and one we may hear more about next year, tells the story m detail and dignity. The battle, while not large numbers, is held to be one of the turning points in American social history. Like the Battle of New Orleans m 1815, which had little military* significance but made the political career of Andrew Jackson, the Battle of L he ly place had consequences that proved equally far . reaching It forced the ouster of Carpetbag government and gave the South back to the Southern white- Like the Battle of Concord in 1775, th j Battle on l anal Street brought out civilians who stood up to trained troops and “fired shots heard round the world", Only 13 Amer < .ms wire .oat under Jackson, only 10 or 12 Mas- “THE BU I 1.1 of L,ne * Phice r 1874 changed the tde of opinion, brought the end of Reconstruction to the South, and started the Southern j>eop!c on the r way to the great prosperity which they now know." Although the patriot groups called themselves the White League, they were not primarily white jupremists and the battle was not a race riot. It was a recourse to arm-, led by the very be-t people of the community, to change an intolerable situation of spoliation and corruption. t!',e State government What they accomplished was to get President Grant’s attention, to set in motion three long Congressional unesugauons and to draw* favor, able reaction throughout the na- t. m. Singe newspapers n Philadelphia, Boston, Cincinnati, St, Lou s a:id six newspapers in New York supported the spirit of the uprising. The N. Y. Tribune sympathetically editorialized THE PATRIOTS* pur;*we w not primarily to destroy an enemy in the field, although this was effectively done when the enemy suffered the greater ]o--. <' ami ran away. The end-purpose was to make it kiiinvn to President Grant and the Congress that these abuses of Occupation would no longer be suffered, and to reach past the Pre-dent and past Congress to the conscience of the American people The battle, fought behind cotton bales and overturned street ear-• w«th cannon, Gatling guns and every form of small firearm-, lasted only 15 minutes. The White Leaguers captured the State Houae and police headquarters, but were not long in command of “THE FRIGHTFUL mismanagement of affairs in l-ouisiana under the present administration ha- brought out its logical result and culminated ... in an attempt at revolution on the part of the e tizens who, suffering under great ami continued wrongs, are unable to find any redress " Rut redress came with the national election of 1878 when G *ant’s successor, Rutherford B Hayes, was apparently beaten by t e reform Democrat, Samuel T den, Hayes was declared the w o­ rn r after some strange business the ballot boxes, but the will of the country had been made Reconstruction ended — and Southerners, looking for a handy anniversary to celebrate, could log tally pick one that falls in the presidential year of 1964 M TTY ( OJNTIDEV E < HE TOP A, Kan. ,AP - Kansas State University, opening a new re -earch project on pecan cultivation, hired specialist Jack Wtnzer to direct the activity Winter rented a home on Pecan Street from there -m, “a each to for flatly have there Fide! fact, es. the 7, as the the or Juan Cuba abandon has of

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  1. The Monroe News-Star,
  2. 18 Sep 1963, Wed,
  3. Page 4

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