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Declarations of DependenceThe Long Reconstruction of Popular Politics in the South, 1861-1908$
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Gregory Downs

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834442

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877760_downs

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A Compressive Age

A Compressive Age

White Supremacy and the Growth of the Modern State

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Declarations of Dependence

Gregory P. Downs

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses Tom Settle's defeat, after which, young Democrats toppled Republicans and Populists in an infamous white supremacy campaign. As they captured the state legislature in 1898, then confirmed disenfranchisement in a 1900 referendum, they created not just Jim Crow but a new image of the relationship between state and subject in North Carolina. Leaving behind postwar patronalism, they reached both forward and backward to replace the government of needy persons with the management of an undifferentiated, abstracted people. Their leader, and the state's new governor, Charles B. Aycock, recast the now-familiar inauguration-day comparison of statecraft and sunshine. Instead of Holden's justice shining down into every crevice, or Vance's crop-luring prosperity, Aycock's sun blurred the boundaries between individuals.

Keywords:   Tom Settle, young Democrats, Republicans, Populists, white supremacy campaign

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