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Struggle for Mastery: Disfranchisement in the South, 1888-1908by Michael Perman
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Around 1900, the southern states embarked on a series of political campaigns aimed at disfranchising large numbers of voters. By 1908, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia had succeeded in depriving virtually all African Americans, and a large number of lower-class whites, of the voting rights they had possessed since Reconstruction--rights they would not regain for over half a century.
Struggle for Mastery is the most complete and systematic study to date of the history of disfranchisement in the South. After examining the origins and objectives of disfranchisement, Michael Perman traces the process as it unfolded state by state. Because he examines each state within its region-wide context, he is able to identify patterns and connections that have previously gone unnoticed. Broadening the context even further, Perman explores the federal government's seeming acquiescence in this development, the relationship between disfranchisement and segregation, and the political system that emerged after the decimation of the South's electorate. The result is an insightful and persuasive interpretation of this highly significant, yet generally misunderstood, episode in U.S. history.
Provides a history of the disfranchisement of African American and lower-class white voters in the South.
First examining the origins and objectives of disfranchisement, Perman then traces the process of disfranchisement in the South as it unfolded state by state, and identifies patterns and connections that have previously gone unnoticed.
Table of Contents
Devising disfranchisement: "the great problem" in its final phase — Supervising the south: federal election laws, 1890-1894 — Embarking on disfranchisement: Tennessee and Arkansas, 1889-1892 — Harmonizing rival factions I: Mississippi, 1890 — Harmonizing rival factions II: South Carolina, 1895 — Conciliating the south: McKinley administration, 1896-1901 — Defeating fusion I: Louisiana, 1898 — Defeating fusion II: North Carolina, 1898-1900 — Reforming the black belt I: Alabama, 1901 — Reforming the black belt II: Virginia, 1901-1902 — Exonerating the south: congress, 1901-1906 --Reinforcing disfranchisement: the rise of segregation — Reforging a reform coalition: Texas and Georgia, 1901-1908 — Finishing disfranchisement: the direct primary and the eviscerated electorate.
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