GOVERNOR WILLIAM G. BROWNLOW PAPERS, 1865-1869

Governor William Gannaway Brownlow’s official papers reflect the unsettled conditions existing in Tennessee during the Reconstruction Period. The reader is quickly struck with the fact that these were indeed difficult times for the state, then caught in the throes of a drastic social, political, and economic change. Radicalism, the papers reveal, was clearly in command of the normal democratic processes of the state government. Resort to military force as flagrant and unveiled, as the Radicals sought to eliminate every vestige of Conservative thought and influence.