Ulysses S. Grant: Special Message to the Senate on Unrest in Louisiana

(1875)

Glossary

  • bloody riots of 1866 and 1868 two uprisings in New Orleans to protest the Reconstruction Acts
  • brought suit upon the equity side reference to the fact that under common law, modeled on the English system, regular lawsuits had to conform to very specific guidelines, whereas suits in equity allowed more freedom
  • circuit court federal courts of appeals, which received their name in frontier days, when judges would “ride the circuit,” or move from town to town, administering judgment
  • Colfax reference to the Colfax massacre (or Colfax riot) on April 13, 1873, in Colfax, Louisiana, when disputes over the results of the state gubernatorial elections resulted in an outbreak of violence that claimed more than one hundred lives
  • Coushatta a Louisiana town that in August 1874 saw an outbreak of violence by the White Leagues, resulting in some two dozen deaths
  • domestic violence here referring to local terrorism
  • election of 1872 a scandalous incident in which the...
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