Newcomb and the Divisions of the Republican Party in the late 19th Century
The following are excerpts from various newspaper articles discussing James Newcomb. These are all dealing with Newcomb after the era of Reconstruction. In addition to reading the articles for their content, focus on the words that are used, how they are used, and the intent behind the words. Is this the same Newcomb that worked with the Radical Republicans during Reconstruction? Are the articles for or against Newcomb?
That James P. Newcomb is a Republican in politics, is wide of the mark he has made himself particularly obnoxious to the better elements among Texas people Others have not been mean enough to abuse, traduce and slander the people among whom they live
For over twenty years the south has been in political turmoil growing out of the Negro question, and if anything we are further from a satisfactory solution than in 1865.
the Negro troubles
are resulting in
masses of colored people occupying the land and shutting out white immigration. He implies that decent white people do not
want to come to
There is but one way open to Republican success, and that is that the white republican come forward and take charge of party management. It is Newcombs opinion that the colored man after twenty years of citizenship has proved his inability to take care of himself politically and that the colored voter must learn to take care of himself. If he insists upon controlling and dominating the party he must take the consequences.
the white man must carry the party banner.
Mr. Newcomb is much disappointed with the action of the Austin Convention, which he claims was controlled by the Negro element.
Newcomb is being discussed as the head of the Lily
Whites party in
Newcomb is advocating that the white people vote over the colored bosses.
 James Pearson
Newcomb, Sr., Papers, 1835-1941,