How Violence Succeeded in Louisiana: Racial Violence and the Election of 1868 in One State

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One of the few bright spots for Democrats in the 1868 Presidential Election was the State of Louisiana. 71% of votes tallied were for Seymour, while only 29% were for Grant. Seymour received 80,225 votes to Grant's 33,263.

The question for a lot of Americans was how a state with a majority Black population could go so overwhelmongly for "The White Man's Party."

To begin to explore this question, let's look first at the 1870 Census to see where Blacks and Whites lived in the state.
 
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