• Louisiana Sen. Eustis Seeks Article on Negro Question: Educate or Suppress

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    JAMES B. EUSTIS (1834-1899) served as a judge advocate for the Confederate Army and was later elected to the U.S. Senate from Louisiana.  He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1854, was admitted to the bar in 1856 and began practicing law in New Orleans.


    One page, 8 x 10, Nov. 14th, 1888, Washington, DC, ALS, on Senate Chamber letterhead, signed J.B. Eustis.  “I notice in the New Orleans Picayune a criticism upon an article written in the New York Independent by Rev. Dr. Haygood upon the race or Negro question in the South. Will you do us the favor to send here to my address the New York Independent containing Dr. Haygood’s article?”


    Rev. Dr. Atticus Haygood was Methodist Episcopal Minister who was an agent of the Slater Fund, which helped finance education for African Americans.  A social question, and one asked by Haygood, was should the Negro be educated or suppressed? Some in the South hoped to suppress the Negro vote to enable conservative whites to be elected to office.  Haygood took the opposite view.


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