Rutherford, called Ruther-"fraud" by his enemies, was a proud Union General who became president amidst a storm of controversy. His opponent, Democrat Samuel Tilden, polled 250,000 more popular votes than Republican Hayes. An electoral committee with only one independent vote, a Justice Joseph Bradley, would decide the new president. Hayes was selected. Even before his election or appointment Hayes had sworn to serve only one term. The South would agree to his appointment on the condition that he end the occupation and reconstruction. Lincoln and Johnson had pretty much lost the battle for readmitting the rebellious Southern States to the Union without prejudice. The dominant, right-wing, religious, radical Republicans, demanded retribution. They wanted the Confederate States to be nothing more than occupied territory. They wanted military rule and government by, of, and from the Negro population; an ignorant, black ruling populace who would be guided by northern radical-right Republicans, or Yankees. The South had lost the war and their true savior, Abraham Lincoln, had been assassinated by one of their own. And now their biggest fear was coming true. A black slave, majority population was being installed as their rulers. The Southern white population formed secret organizations designed to counter the Yankee military occupation, the political infiltration of northern, Yankee "carpetbaggers", and black Negro rule. The Klu Klux Klan, a social club, originally organized by six young, Confederate veterans from Tennessee in 1865, and then politicized in 1867 under the elected Grand Wizard, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest was the largest and most notorious of these organizations. The Klu Klux Klan, and other white groups like the Knights of the White Camellia, countered the reconstruction (Yankee occupation) with violence, murder and terrorism, specifically towards the blacks. Rutherford is credited with ending the horrid reconstruction injustice by pulling the Yankee troops from the South. But what Rutherford accomplished with this act, countered what he considered to be his life's greatest achievement, ending slavery. By pulling the troops from the South he assured Negro abuse, and persecution for nearly another century. He basically left an unequipped, unprotected Negro population to fend for itself amidst a belligerent, hurt and vengeful population of humiliated and defeated whites. Rutherford had risked his life to protect and free the enslaved Negro, and then he abandoned them. Certainly Andrew Johnson and especially U. S. Grant must also shoulder some burden here in allowing the Klan and terrorism to grow and prosper. The Negro was the baby thrown out with the baptismal water of the Civil War. It does seem that neither Rutherford's greatest achievement, freeing the world of slavery, and Lincoln's greatest goal, preserving the Union, were accomplished. The Civil War had left the Union decimated; the South an unwanted, alienated step child; the North in a political and financial shambles over power, money and control; and the Negro abandoned. My question is inevitable, has any war ever solved any of the problems and arguments supposedly in question? Mark Twain took Horace Greeley’s advice to union draftees who didn't want to fight in this confusing dilemma and went West. He seems to have made the wisest personal choice.
Books by Richard Edward Noble. Click on covers below for more info and purchasing instructions.
Classic Tragic Novel
Don't Laugh - This Could Have Been Your Life
Funny stories and some strange characters.
Monkey Dishes and Cocktail Fawks
My Harrowing days in the restaurant business. Great Read.
It's a Long Story
Long Short Fiction - Great stories!
Bloggin' Be My Life
"Bloggin' be My Life" contains a selection of some of my more popular Hobo Philosopher blogs.If you enjoy reading this blog, you should love Bloggin' Be My Life.
It's All About Love
It's All About Love is ... all about love. This is the 2nd book of poetry from The Bard From Chelmsford off Arlington. Every poem in this book comes with a prose introduction. If you enjoy poetry this is a simple choice. Have fun!
A Little Something
Traditional poetry from The Bard From Chelmsford Off Arlington with some poignant prose introductions. If you enjoy any type of poetry, you will enjoy this volume. Thanks.
Talking To Myself
This is my third book of poetry.
Bits and Pieces
The Hobo Philosopher - My first book using the Hobo Philosopher brand. Featuring a variety of writing styles and ideas. Look for the Thoughtful Hobo on the cover.
A Baker's Dozen
The Hobo Philosopher: My Second book of Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Short Stories. All varieties of short stories - lots of laughs!
Cat Point - and Them Dang Oyster People
Cat Point is the sequel to "The Eastpointer." Both books contain humorous tales about life in a fishing community on the Florida Panhandle. Lots of laughs.
Won 1st Place award for humor in 2007 from Florida Press Association. More wit, wisdom and humor from the yet to be world famous author, R.E. Noble
A Summer with Charlie - Lawrence
Fiction - Salisbury Beach, Lawrence, Mass. Featured in Merrimack Valley Magazine July /Aug. issue 2010
Travel, Humor, Commentary on migrant farm work and illegal immigration still very pertinent today.
"Just Hangin' Out Ma"
Thank God for the Street Corners of Lawrence, Mass. Anecdotes and humorous escapades about growing up in an industrial mill town in the 40s,50s and 60s.
This is the sequel to "Just Hangin' Out, Ma"
That Old Gang of Mine
This is # 3 in my Lawrence Hometown series. The series is about growing up in the 40's, 50's and 60's in an industrial mill town. Sorta like a Huck Finn goes to vist Uncle Ralph, the bus driver, who lives in a big, rundown city. Lots of fun.
Come On-A My House
This is # 4 in my Lawrence Hometown series.The old homested at 32 Chelmsford ST is pictured on the cover..
Down By The Old Mill Stream
# 5 in the Lawrence My Hometown series.
Standing on the Corner is # 6 in the lawrence My Hometown series.
The old Howard Playstead on Lawrence St.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
# 7 in the Lawrence my Hometown series.
Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother
Classic tragic novel written from child's perspective. Deals with abuse, poverty, unemployment. Pulls no punches.
Noble Notes on Famous Folks
Humorous, satirical notes on everybody from Constantine to Bill Clinton. Inspiration: Willy Cuppy.
America on Strike
History - documented survey of labor strikes in America
Mein Kampf - An Analysis of Book One
Who are the American Nazis - the Liberals or the Conservatives?
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