A Black Congressman in the Age of Jim Crow: South Carolina's by John F. Marszalek PDF

By John F. Marszalek

ISBN-10: 0813030021

ISBN-13: 9780813030029

Born a slave in 1850s South Carolina and elected to Congress within the Eighteen Nineties, George W. Murray looked to be the antithesis of the African American male within the Jim Crow South and served as a beacon for African americans who observed their hopes beaten within the aftermath of the Civil struggle. Early within the 20th century, besides the fact that, tragically defeated via corrupt Reconstruction politics and white supremacist attitudes he couldn't get away, Murray used to be pushed from place of work and from the nation. Drawing on vast study to reconstruct Murray’s lifestyles tale, Marszalek defines an age and its humans during the compelling conflict of 1 guy and exhibits how and why the nation’s efforts to reconstruct the South right into a biracial democracy failed.
            Murray’s profession, which spanned 1 / 4 of a century, integrated phrases within the U.S. residence of Representatives and management of South Carolina’s Republican occasion. He used to be an investor in addition to a landed home owner who bought tracts to negative blacks to ensure that them to qualify to vote. yet through the start of the 20 th century, together with his get together in shambles, he stumbled on himself on trial for alleged forgery in a land care for of his black land buyers. Murray used to be came upon in charge, and the South Carolina ideally suited court docket upheld the decision. Sentenced to demanding exertions on a series gang, he escaped to Chicago the place he spent the remainder of his lifestyles in obscurity.
 

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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.

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