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Randall Lee Gibson of Louisiana: Confederate General and New South Reformer (Southern Biography)

McBride, Mary Gorton; McLaurin, Ann Mathison

Verlag: Louisiana State University Press, 2007
ISBN 10: 0807132349 / ISBN 13: 9780807132340
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Titel: Randall Lee Gibson of Louisiana: Confederate...

Verlag: Louisiana State University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2007

Einband: Hardcover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: This is the first comprehensive biography of Randall Lee Gibson, one of Louisiana's most fascinating nineteenth-century politicians. Gibson was a founder of Tulane University in New Orleans, the owner of a large sugar plantation in Lafourche Parish, a member of the pro-secession faction of the Democratic Party, and a brigadier general in the Army of Tennessee during the Civil War. However, Gibson changed his mind about slavery after the war and went on to advocate for a postwar unification of government that included African Americans. He was elected to Congress in 1874, and participated in the backroom deals that resulted in the "Compromise of 1877," which solved the dispute over the 1876 Presidential election. Gibson participated in some of the darkest and most dramatic incidents of nineteenth-century history, all of which are illuminated here. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0807132349

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Inhaltsangabe: Randall Lee Gibson of Louisiana offers the first biography of one of Louisiana's most intriguing nineteenthcentury politicians and a founder of Tulane University. Gibson (1832–1892) grew up on his family's sugar plantation in Terrebonne Parish and was educated at Yale University before studying law at the University of Louisiana in New Orleans. He purchased a sugar plantation in Lafourche Parish in 1858 and became heavily involved in the prosecession faction of the Democratic Party. Elected colonel of the Thirteenth Louisiana Volunteer Regiment at the start of the Civil War, he commanded a brigade in the Battle of Shiloh and fought in all of the subsequent campaigns of the Army of Tennessee, concluding in 1865 with the Battle of Spanish Fort. As Gibson struggled to establish a law practice in postwar New Orleans, he experienced a profound change in his thinking and came to believe that the elimination of slavery was the one good outcome of the South’s defeat. Joining Louisiana’s Conservative political faction, he advocated for a postwar unification government that included African Americans. Elected to Congress in1874, Gibson was directly involved in the creation of the Electoral Commission that resulted in the Compromise of 1877 and peacefully solved the disputed 1876 presidential election. He crafted legislation for the Mississippi River Commission in 1879, which eventually resulted in millions of federal dollars for flood control.

Gibson was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1880 and became Louisiana’s leading "minister of reconciliation" with his northern colleagues and its chief political spokesman during the highly volatile Gilded Age. He deplored the growing gap between the rich and the poor and embraced a reformist agenda that included federal funding for public schools and legislation for levee construction, income taxes, and the direct election of senators. This progressive stance made Gibson one of the last patrician Democrats whose noblesse oblige politics sought common middle ground between the extreme political and social positions of his era. At the request of wealthy New Orleans merchant Paul Tulane, Gibson took charge of Tulane's educational endowment and helped design the university that bears Tulane's name, serving as the founding president of the board of administrators. Highly readable and thoroughly researched, Mary Gorton McBride’s absorbing biography illuminates in dramatic fashion the life and times of a unique Louisianan. AUTHOR BIO: Mary Gorton McBride was professor of English and dean of Liberal Arts at Louisiana State University at Shreveport and at Florida Atlantic University, where she also served as vicepresident of the Broward County Campuses. She lives in Fairhope, Alabama.

Über den Autor: Mary Gorton McBride was professor of English and dean of Liberal Arts at Louisiana State University at Shreveport and at Florida Atlantic University, where she also served as vice-president of the Broward County Campuses. She lives in Fairhope, Alabama.

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