Unification Party - 1873
The Unification Party was founded in Louisiana in 1873, on the basis that "Negro political power was a reality and might as well be accepted. Recognize this fact, they said . . . .In 1873 they brought forth a detailed and specific plan to combine the races in a political union. This was the 'Louisiana Unification Movement,' one of the most unusual and important phenomena of the Reconstruction period."
The chairman of the important resolutions committee was Beauregard. His report
"...advocated complete political equality for the Negro, an equal division of state offices between the races, and a plan whereby Negroes would become landowners. It denounced discrimination because of color in hiring laborers or in selecting directors of corporations, and called for the abandonment of segregation in public conveyances, public places, railroads, steamboats, and public schools."
P. G. T. Beauregard, Resolutions Committee Chairman
For further reading about Beauregard and the Louisiana Unification Movement, see:
T. Harry Williams. P. G. T. Beauregard, Napoleon in Gray. Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 1995. Pages 268-272.
© 1998 Robert A. Belflower