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Before Jim Crow: The Politics of Race in Postemancipation Virginia

Jane Dailey


Long before the Montgomery bus boycott ushered in the modern civil rights movement, black and white southerners struggled to forge interracial democracy in America. This book examines the most successful interracial coalition in the nineteenth-century South, Virginia's Readjuster Party, and uncovers a surprising degree of fluidity in postemancipation southern politics. Melding social, cultural, and political history, the author chronicles the Readjusters' efforts to foster political cooperation across the color line. She demonstrates that the power of racial rhetoric, and the divisiveness of r ... More

Keywords: civil rights movement, interracial democracy, interracial coalition, Readjuster Party, Readjusters, political cooperation, racial rhetoric, racial discrimination, emancipation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780807825877
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807899182_dailey


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Dailey, author