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Chocolate CityA History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital$
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Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635866

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635866.001.0001

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Incapable of Self-Government

Incapable of Self-Government

The Retreat from Democracy, 1869–1890

(p.152) Six Incapable of Self-Government
Chocolate City

Chris Myers Asch

George Derek Musgrove

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explains how Washingtonians, black and white, lost the right to vote in 1874. The success of biracial democracy during Reconstruction triggered a backlash from white conservatives and business leaders who persuaded Congress to retreat from the promise of biracial democracy, first by limiting electoral power in a territorial government in 1871 and then by eliminating self-government altogether in 1874. In the decades that followed, Washington rolled back Reconstruction-era racial progress, part of a region-wide effort to enforce white supremacy. When city commissioners compiled the District Code in 1901, they quietly dropped the local antidiscrimination laws from the books. The city continued to boast a diverse and growing black middle class, but black political power and aspirations withered. The door to biracial, cross-class democracy seemed to have been slammed shut.

Keywords:   Reconstruction, Black power, Congress, Antidiscrimination, Democracy

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