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Black Congressmen During Reconstruction: A Documentary Sourcebook

Black Congressmen During Reconstruction: A Documentary Sourcebook

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During the Reconstruction, African Americans from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia--former slave-owning states--were elected to Congress in remarkable numbers. They included lawyers, teachers, businessmen, editors, and ministers. African Americans gained the right to vote through the Reconstruction Acts and the Civil War Amendments, and elected 2 blacks to the Senate and 19 to the House of Representatives. This book provides brief biographical sketches of these extraordinary politicians and excerpts from documents illuminating their activities in Congress.

These politicians took an active role and spoke out on issues from civil rights legislation and policies on Native Americans to the Chinese Exclusion Bill and foreign policy. They demanded a federal law making lynching a capital crime, denounced massacres in the South, and decried the activities of the Ku Klux Klan. They played important roles until the South successfully drove blacks away from the polls and from Congress.

Author: Stephen Middleton
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Published: 12/30/2002
Pages: 464
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.81lbs
Size: 9.36h x 6.58w x 1.49d
ISBN: 9780313322815

Review Citation(s):
American Reference Bks Annual 01/01/2003 pg. 137

About the Author

STEPHEN MIDDLETON is Associate Professor of History at North Carolina State University. He is the author of The Black Laws in the Old Northwest: A Documentary History (Greenwood, 1993). His specialty is U.S. Constitutional History with a research interest in race and constitutional and legal history.

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