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Vicksburg Riots


VICKSBURG RIOTS. The Vicksburg riots were civil disorders in Vicksburg, Mississippi, that began on 7 December 1874. Other such incidents also occurred in the latter part of the Reconstruction period, after President Ulysses S. Grant's reluctance to use the military in the South became apparent. White citizens of Vicksburg and Warren County had organized to oppose the policies and actions of the Reconstruction state government. When federal authorities refused requests by state officials for U.S. troops, disturbances began. Two whites and twenty-nine blacks were killed in the riots.


Harris, William C. The Day of the Carpetbagger: Republican Reconstruction in Mississippi. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1979.

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See alsoMississippi ; Reconstruction ; Riots .

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