Simkins Francis Buttler - Ben Tillman's view of the negro

Author : Simkins Francis Buttler
Title : Ben Tillman's view of the negro
Year : 1937

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In the nineties of the last century Ben Tillman succeeded Wade Hampton and Matthew C. Butler as spokesman of South Carolina to the nation. Occupying a position of prominence in the United States Senate superior to that of any South Carolinian since the Civil War, and perhaps equal to that of any Southerner of his day, he won the attention of the American people between 1898 and 1909 by countless speeches on the race question. Almost every conceivable pretext was utilized by this assertive agitator to impose this issue . upon the usually unwilling ears of the senators. He injected it into the debate over the status of the colonial possessions and over the appointtnent of Negroes to Federal office. From 1901 until 1909 he spent the greater part of the Senate recesses reiterating his view of the Negro before Chatauqua audiences in every section of the United States. His emphatic manner of speech and his frequent invocations of the vulgarities of the South Carolina hustings always attracted large and interested crowds. ...

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