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Before Jim CrowThe Politics of Race in Postemancipation Virginia$
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Jane Dailey

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780807825877

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807899182_dailey

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Origins of the Readjuster Movement

Origins of the Readjuster Movement

(p.15) 1 Origins of the Readjuster Movement
Before Jim Crow

Jane Dailey

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the origins of the Readjuster movement from emancipation through its formation in 1879. The Readjuster Party consists of three groups—urban black and immigrant white workingmen, black agricultural workers and farmers in the heavily black eastern counties, and western white landowners. Moving from debt and other issues such as suffrage, free schools, and taxation, this chapter explains how Virginians came to perceive a common identity of interest to override established partisan identities.

Keywords:   Readjuster Party, immigrants, landowners, debt, suffrage, free schools, taxation

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