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Election campaign in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, c.1868. (Louisiana State University)

Election campaign in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
ca. 1868.
(Andrew D. Lytle Collection, Mss. 893, 1254, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, Louisiana State University Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.)

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Reconstruction - America's first experiment in interracial democracy - generated widespread interest in the political process. The Union league, a Republican organization, conducted many campaigns and registered many voters for local, state, and national elections.

This photograph depicts a brass band on a street in Baton Rouge drumming up support for a Republican candidate for the Louisiana State Senate.

The Federal regimental colors on the right show the influence of Northerners and Union loyalists in the campaign.

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