While newly liberated American blacks were relatively free to participate in the nation's political life during the decade following the Civil War, with the end of Reconstruction and the withdrawal of federal protection, constitutional guarantees quickly were curtailed. In this analysis of the beginnings of black political development, Beatty examines the aftermath of Reconstruction through the eyes of a people who found their rights, liberties, and hopes stalemated in a revolution gone backward.
Preface A Revolution Gone Backward: The Election of 1876 and the Hayes Administration Still Necessarily a Republican: The Election of 1880 and the Garfield Administration Between Scylla and Charybdis: The Arthur Administration The Age of Negrowump: The Election of 1884 and the First Clevelend Administration Republican Protection or Political Alternatives: The Election of 1888 and the Harrison Administration Republicans, Democrats, Populists, or Economics First: The Election of 1892 and the Second Cleveland Administration The Setting Sun: The Election of 1896 The Cancer of Disappointed Hopes: Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index
Reviews The book contains a stunning collection of quotations from major and minor black leaders, barely literate black farmers, and a host of black newspapers, many of them rarely quoted elsewhere. The book serves as a fine introduction to the retrogressive revolution: from full black voting and office-holding to total withdrawal from elective politics. Recommended for college and public libraries.—Choice