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Carriers' address published by the pro-Democrat "Daily Vicksburger" newspaper of Vicksburg, Mississippi, on January 1, 1875. The document refers to the recent political troubles in Vicksburg when Democrats attempted to wrest control of the sheriff's office from black Republicans. On December 7, 1874, whites attacked African American citizens who had organized to defend Peter Crosby, the elected African American sheriff, with dozens of them being killed. Though Governor Adelbert Ames appealed to the federal government for help, Crosby was eventually forced from office in a process that had begun with the anti-Reconstruction Democratic Party efforts to prevent African Americans from voting in the 1874 city elections. The Democrats reasserted their control of the state in 1875 and forced Ames' resignation the following year.
"Daily Vicksburger, Mississippi, Carriers' Address, 1875" (2021). Other documents. 109.