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‘DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF HIS RACE’: BLACK OFFICEHOLDERS AND THE POLITICAL CULTURE OF FREEDOM IN WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA, 1865-1877

dc.contributor.advisorRowland, Leslie S.en_US
dc.contributor.authorJackson, Thanayi Michelleen_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-15T05:30:46Z
dc.date.available2016-09-15T05:30:46Z
dc.date.issued2016en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M2GF8H
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/18797
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examines black officeholding in Wilmington, North Carolina, from emancipation in 1865 through 1876, when Democrats gained control of the state government and brought Reconstruction to an end. It considers the struggle for black office holding in the city, the black men who held office, the dynamic political culture of which they were a part, and their significance in the day-to-day lives of their constituents. Once they were enfranchised, black Wilmingtonians, who constituted a majority of the city’s population, used their voting leverage to negotiate the election of black men to public office. They did so by using Republican factionalism or what the dissertation argues was an alternative partisanship. Ultimately, it was not factional divisions, but voter suppression, gerrymandering, and constitutional revisions that made local government appointive rather than elective, Democrats at the state level chipped away at the political gains black Wilmingtonians had made.en_US
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dc.title‘DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF HIS RACE’: BLACK OFFICEHOLDERS AND THE POLITICAL CULTURE OF FREEDOM IN WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA, 1865-1877en_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentHistoryen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledHistoryen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledAfrican Americanen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledBlack Officeholdersen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledFactionalismen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledPolitical Cultureen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledReconstructionen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledWilmingtonen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledNorth Carolinaen_US


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