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In his words could be heard the philosophy of the Colored Alliance, echoes of black thought since the Civil War, and the later more famous accommodationist words and philosophy of Booker T. 4 The modern historian can also notice prophetic hints of “black is beautiful,” salvation for the masses, and black separatist themes identified with later black rhetoric. In his speech, Murray was reflecting the thought of those black contemporaries who saw economics rather than politics as the solution to black problems.
V. P. Clayton postmaster at Columbia, and he made another Independent the postmaster at Anderson, but his major 1889 South Carolina federal officer appointments were all long time Regulars, one black and three whites: Robert Smalls, the black Civil War naval hero and former congressman, as collector of customs at Beaufort; G. I. S. marshall; E. A. Webster, the soon-to-be state party chairman, as internal revenue collector; From Slavery to Public Life / 17 and T. B. Johnston of Sumter County as customs collector at Charleston.
Should they instead make overtures to Tillman despite his apparent lack of interest ? What about the Republican rank and file who could not vote despite the registration effort in the spring? Finally, how would those Republicans with the franchise react to an unpopular endorsement? Like Haskell, Republican politicians groped for answers to difficult questions. On September 30, Haskell announced his decision. He issued a manifesto calling for a Democratic ticket in opposition to Ben Tillman, at the same time half-heartedly appealing to black voters, holding out as incentive the hackneyed Conservative promise of fairness.
A Black Congressman in the Age of Jim Crow: South Carolina's George Washington Murray by John F. Marszalek