Over at Occidental Dissent they're printed an excerpt of a new book by historian Eric Foner entitled Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution.
“Secessionist emissaries spread a nightmare vision of Republican rule. One warned of consigning Southern daughters “to pollution and violation to gratify the lust of half-civilized Africans.” Another predicted political equality, which meant “black governors, black legislatures, black juries, black everything.” These overwrought fears made effective rhetoric, but they would be difficult to shake when emancipation and equal suffrage became a reality.”
Now everything here, from 'overwrought fears' to 'rhetoric' to 'nightmare vision' suggests that such visions turned out to be completely unreasonable. In fact, just like with Enoch Powell, they've proven to be uncannily accurate.
Consigning Southern daughters “to pollution and violation to gratify the lust of half-civilized Africans.” Check.
“black governors, black legislatures, black juries, black everything.” Check.
I'd love to know the reaction if you pointed out these simple factsto the 'historian'. He'd just have to see how ludicrous that excerpt is. Then again, maybe he wouldn't.