The Trial of Democracy: Black Suffrage and Northern Republicans, 1860-1910

University of Georgia Press, 1997 - 411 páginas
After the Civil War, Republicans teamed with activist African Americans to protect black voting rights through innovative constitutional reforms--a radical transformation of southern and national political structures. The Trial of Democracy is a comprehensive analysis of both the forces and mechanisms that led to the implementation of black suffrage and the ultimate failure to maintain a stable northern constituency to support enforcement on a permanent basis.

The reforms stirred fierce debates over the political and constitutional value of black suffrage, the legitimacy of racial equality, and the proper sharing of power between the state and federal governments. Unlike most studies of Reconstruction, this book follows these issues into the early twentieth century to examine the impact of the constitutional principles and the rise of Jim Crow. Tying constitutional history to party politics, The Trial of Democracy is a vital contribution to both fields.

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Chapter One The Road to the Fifteenth Amendment
Chapter Four The Hayes Administration and Black Suffrage
Chapter Five The Survival of a Principle 1880 1888
Chapter Six The Rise and Fall of Reenforcement 1888 1891
Epilogue Equality Deferred 18921910
Appendix One Enforcement Act of May 31 1870
Appendix Four Enforcement Act of April 20 1871
Appendix Eight Strength Distribution of the Major Parties
Selected Bibliography
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Xi Wang is an assistant professor of history at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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