Missouri under Radical rule, 1865-1870
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The five years following the Civil War were a critical period in Missouri's history.The conservative groups that had long dominated the politics and economics of the state found themselves split over a variety of issues. Into the power vacuum thus created stepped a group of opportunists who had coalesced their various interests in the Radical Union party. They found themselves linked by their desire to rid Missouri of slavery, which, while it did not dominate the state's economy, did symbolize the vaunted power of conservative rule. Generally progressive in their outlook, the Radicals anticipated a large-scale influx of population and capital into the state if Missouri could change · its image from a state beridden with guerrilla warfare to one offering opportunity and advancement to all newcomers. It is the hope of the author that this work will help to restore a balanced picture of Missouri under Radical rule.
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The rise of Radicalism -- The Missouri state convention of 1865 -- The ratification campaign -- Radical vindictiveness -- The election of 1866 -- The negro in postwar Missouri -- The development of public education -- Immigration and transportation -- Mining, labor, and manufacturing -- The coming of Carl Schurz -- The birth of liberal republicanism -- The end of the radical era.