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

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

by Xi Wang
     
 

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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

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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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"The Trial of Democracy covers this time period like no other work and provides a better context for discussion of Republican efforts to enfranchise African Americans."--Michael Les Benedict, author of A Compromise of Principle: Congressional Republicans and Reconstruction, 1863–1869

"Extensively researched and well written. Wang utilizes published and unpublished government documents as well as diaries, letters, and personal papers to synthesize the debate between Republican liberals, conservatives, and moderates and their opponents over the suffrage and enforcement issues."--Civil War History

author of A Compromise of Principle: Congressional Republicans and Reconstruction, 1863-1869 - Michael Les Benedict
The Trial of Democracy covers this time period like no other work and provides a better context for discussion of Republican efforts to enfranchise African Americans.

Civil War History
Extensively researched and well written. Wang utilizes published and unpublished government documents as well as diaries, letters, and personal papers to synthesize the debate between Republican liberals, conservatives, and moderates and their opponents over the suffrage and enforcement issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820340845
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
01/15/2012
Series:
Studies in the Legal History of the South Series
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
1,442,327
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Xi Wang is an assistant professor of history at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Paul Finkelman is President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at Albany Law School. He is the author of numerous books, including An Imperfect Union: Slavery, Federalism, and Comity and Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson.

Timothy S. Huebner, L. Palmer Brown Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Chair of the Department of History at Rhodes College, is author of The Taney Court: Justices, Rulings, and Legacy and coeditor, with Kermit L. Hall, of Major Problems in American Constitutional History, second edition. He and Paul Finkelman edit the series Studies in the Legal History of the South.

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