The Abolitionist Legacy: From Reconstruction to the NAACP / Edition 2

The Abolitionist Legacy: From Reconstruction to the NAACP / Edition 2

by James M. McPherson
     
 

Building on arguments presented in The Struggle for Equality, James McPherson shows that many abolitionists did not retreat from Reconstruction, as historical accounts frequently lead us to believe, but instead vigorously continued the battle for black rights long after the Civil War. Tracing the activities of nearly 300 abolitionists and their descendants, he reveals… See more details below

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Building on arguments presented in The Struggle for Equality, James McPherson shows that many abolitionists did not retreat from Reconstruction, as historical accounts frequently lead us to believe, but instead vigorously continued the battle for black rights long after the Civil War. Tracing the activities of nearly 300 abolitionists and their descendants, he reveals that some played a crucial role in the establishment of schools and colleges for southern blacks, while others formed the vanguard of liberals who founded the NAACP in 1910. The author's examination of the complex and unhappy fate of Reconstruction clarifies the uneasy partnership of northern and southern white liberals after 1870, the tensions between black activists and white neo-abolitionists, the evolution of resistance to racist ideologies, and the origins of the NAACP.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691100395
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1976
Series:
Princeton Paperbacks Series
Edition description:
With a New preface by the author
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the 1995 Edition
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction3
Ch. 1Unfinished Task: The Civil Rights Act of 187513
Ch. 2Reconstruction Reconfirmed? The Election of 187224
Ch. 3Reconstruction Unravels, 1873-187635
Ch. 4Time, Education, and Bootstraps53
Ch. 5The Compromise of 187781
Ch. 6Crosscurrents and Confusion, 1877-188095
Ch. 7The New South107
Ch. 8Good-bye to the Bloody Shirt121
Ch. 9The Roots of Freedmen's Education143
Ch. 10Between Black and White: Puritans in Babylon161
Ch. 11Paternalism and Piety184
Ch. 12Detour or Mainstream? The Curriculum of Missionary Schools203
Ch. 13The Segregation Issue224
Ch. 14Berea College244
Ch. 15The Struggle for Black Control262
Ch. 16The Shattering of Hope299
Ch. 17Women's Rights and Anti-Imperialism318
Ch. 18History and Biology333
Ch. 19Booker T. Washington and the Reaffirmation of Gradualism354
Ch. 20The Rejection of Gradualism and the Founding of the NAACP368
Appendix A: Abolitionists on Whom This Book is Based395
Appendix B: Southern Negro Colleges and Secondary Schools
Established by Northern Mission Societies
409
A Note on Sources417
Index423

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