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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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Expanding the Circle of Honor

Expanding the Circle of Honor

The Politics of Patronage

(p.48) 2 Expanding the Circle of Honor
Before Jim Crow

Jane Dailey

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter illustrates the ability of southern blacks before Jim Crow to wield public authority in meaningful ways. It discusses the success of African American Readjusters in Petersburg in their effort to employ black teachers and principals in black schools. It also describes how William Mahone gained control of federal patronage for the Readjusters. Control of federal patronage gave the Readjusters a strong material foundation in creating a cohesive interracial political community with a common identity and goals.

Keywords:   Jim Crow, African American, Readjusters, William Mahone, Petersburg, patronage

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