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Sowing the WindThe Mississippi Constitutional Convention of 1890$
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Dorothy Overstreet Pratt

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496815460

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496815460.001.0001

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The Bourbon Elites

The Bourbon Elites

(p.10) Chapter 2 The Bourbon Elites
Sowing the Wind

Dorothy Overstreet Pratt

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter begins with the opening of the constitutional convention in Jackson in August of 1890. The president of the convention was Judge S. S. Calhoon, one of the Bourbons. The rest of the chapter explains the power of the Bourbons in the state, who they were, what they believed, and why their Reconstruction experiences heavily influenced them. In addition to Calhoon, the chapter introduces Governors John Marshall Stone and Robert Lowry, Senator Edward Walthall, and Justice L Q C Lamar, all of whom fell within the Bourbon camp. The Bourbons believed that the elites should be in control, that economic progress was limited and therefore should flow to them, and that African Americans should be utilized rather than pushed out of the state.

Keywords:   Bourbons, Judge S.S. Calhoon, Governor Stone, Governor Lowry, Senator Edward Walthall

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