A rising man--he married the beautiful daughter of Congressman Benjamin Butler, the ferocious Union man who actually waved the bloody shirt
of a murdered federal official on the floor of the House to underscore the depth of Southern depravity--Ames was nevertheless defeated by the relentlessness of white resistance to conform to the law of the land.
In the campaign the Democrats blamed the Republicans for the nation's ills, while the Republicans "waved the bloody shirt
," still taking credit for having saved the Union during the Civil War.
I was a victim." The more he came under attack, the more he waved the bloody shirt
of race, embracing Louis Farrakhan, and polarizing the city along racial lines.