When the War Between the States ended, Reconstruction was imposed upon Louisiana. Reconstruction, meant to be a deliberate punishment upon white society was a dismal failure in its efforts to “reconstruct” society in Louisiana in a positive way. Military rule enforced the will of the Federal government, allowing scalawags and carpetbaggers to fleece the subjugated Southerners. One area in which the government especially showed its incompetence and corruption was in the area of education. The requirements to serve in education were not very rigorous. School directors were often unable to write their names. Here is a letter from the president of the Carroll Parish School Board, as printed in the National Republican, which as Ella Leon says, “is so ungrammatical and misspelled that it is almost impossible to read it.” Here is the Letter dated, Jan 9, 1972:
Cor J P York I visited new Welashe Peish in the critmes finnen the White Peple rebelling Jest as much as the dead When You Was on the ball field Dod Swan leven in bellevue says by god he Walk like See the Dam Yankee start a public School in bellvu are minded ore any Where between monre and Scheveport he Shat down a Young man I sew Well my names Simon Ford on Widarvne lone Plac all so Jhon head and John alford liven in bellevue caught a young man name Anderson Smith Who Went to see a Young collard lady step him Struck Him 3000 licks with a new caw hide do for God Sake Send them people petectheon. I promised them that I Wold Send You
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