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TEXAS AFTER RECONSTRUCTION 19.4. The Texas Constitution of 1876 Democrats called for another constitutional convention and in 1875, delegates met to write.

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1 TEXAS AFTER RECONSTRUCTION 19.4

2 The Texas Constitution of 1876 Democrats called for another constitutional convention and in 1875, delegates met to write a new constitution. Of the 90 delegates, 15 were Republicans and of them, 6 were African American.

3 The Texas Constitution of 1876 Under the new constitution, the governor’s term became two years rather than four. The governor’s power to appoint officials was reduced. The legislature was again scheduled to meet once every two years instead of every year.

4 The Texas Constitution of 1876 To limit government spending, the constitution did not let the legislature go into debt for more than $200,000. Many spending proposals had to be approved by Texas voters.

5 The Texas Constitution of 1876 Spending for public education was reduced because Texas had complained about higher taxes. The constitution was approved in February of 1876 and it is still the state’s basic law.

6 The Texas Constitution of 1876 In addition to writing a new constitution, the Democrats immediately begin to reverse the policies of the Davis administration.

7 The Texas Constitution of 1876 They removed Republican officials and cut government spending. Richard Coke’s victory marked the beginning of 100 years of Democrat control in Texas. During this period of one party rule, Democrats in Texas won nearly all state and local offices.

8 The Texas Constitution of 1876 Democrats continued to limit taxes and government spending including education spending. School attendance was no longer required, and local authorities were allowed to take local control

9 Segregation and Jim Crow African Americans’ political power, which had peaked during the years of Radical control, fell along with the influence of the Republican Party in Texas.

10 Segregation and Jim Crow Nonetheless, African Americans remained active in the Republican Party. In counties with large numbers of African Americans, local offices were sometimes won by black Republicans.

11 Segregation and Jim Crow At least one African American served in every Texas legislature except one before During these years, Norris Wright Cuney led the Republican party in Texas. He was a delegate to every Republican national convention between 1872 and 1892.

12 Segregation and Jim Crow As African American’s political power declined, the once again lost many of their civil rights. Many Texas Democrats wanted to restore the South to its pre- war days. The “Redeemers” limited the size of the state government and cut back on political participation by African Americans.

13 Segregation and Jim Crow They also supported social separation of the races. At first this separation was customary and informal, but then segregation – the forced separation of people of different races in public was written into law.

14 Segregation and Jim Crow The Democrats passed what were called Jim Crow laws to enforce segregation. It became illegal for African Americans (and in some cases Mexican Americans) to eat in the same restaurants, stay at the same hotels, attend the same schools or ride in first class rail cars as white Texans.

15 Segregation and Jim Crow Jim Crow laws did far more than keep the races separate. They denied African Americans equal rights, equal opportunity, and equal protection under the law.

16 Segregation and Jim Crow However, African Americans challenged these laws at the Supreme Court. In 1883,the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 14 th amendment only applied to the actions of the state governments. This allowed private businesses and individuals to continue practicing discrimination and segregation

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18 The Growth of Tenant Farming When Reconstruction was over, large landowners once again returned to political power. Agriculture continued to be the most important part of the economy. Many Texans and freedpeople could not afford land.

19 The Growth of Tenant Farming Many of them became tenant farmers, or people who rent land to grow crops. The landowner would usually receive part of a tenant farmers crops as payment.

20 The Growth of Tenant Farming Farmers who lacked land and necessary supplies, such as mules, plows and seed, promised a larger part of the crop in return for these items. These farmers were called sharecroppers.

21 The Growth of Tenant Farming To make a profit, landowners made tenant farmers grow the most valuable cash crop – cotton. Tenant farmers would go into debt to the land owner if they were unable to grow enough cotton. If they owed money, tenant farmers and their children would not be able to leave the land. This gave landowners a great deal of control over tenant farmers and sharecroppers.

22 The Growth of Tenant Farming Many Texans worked as tenant farmers during Reconstruction. The highest numbers of tenant farmers were in counties that slavery had flourished before the Civil War. Both whites and blacks were tenant farmers, but a far greater percentage of African Americans survived by tenant farming.


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