Economic Development in Texas During Reconstruction, 1865-1875 Page: 3
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Adams, Larry E., Economic Development in Texas During
Reconstruction. 1865-1875. Doctor of Philosophy (History),
August 1980, 229 pp., 3 tables, bibliography, 350 titles.
During Reconstruction, Democrats and Confederates in
Texas saw nothing beneficial in military and Radical rule.
Early historians neglected the positive contributions of
Texas governments during Reconstruction, particularly of the
Radical government. Recent historians have taken a more
balanced approach in judging the governments in Texas during
Reconstruction. The present study assesses the validity of
traditional interpretations with the conclusions of recent
scholars and with the author's own research in public docu-
ments, private manuscripts, and contemporary publications.
Examined are some of the major charges which traditionalists
leveled against the Radical administration, and evaluations
of them are made against the goals the Radical government
pursued and the problems it encountered.
The study challenges many traditional stereotypes of
Texas during Reconstruction. Contrary to what Democrats
charged, the Davis government did not levy exorbitant taxes.
Radical taxes seemed high in comparison to antebellum taxes,
because antebellum governments had financed operations with
indemnity bonds, but they were not high in comparison to
taxes in other states. Radical taxes constituted only 1.77
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Adams, Larry Earl. Economic Development in Texas During Reconstruction, 1865-1875, dissertation, August 1980; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc331534/m1/3/: accessed October 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .