By Jane Dailey

lengthy earlier than the Montgomery bus boycott ushered within the glossy civil rights stream, black and white southerners struggled to forge interracial democracy in the US. This cutting edge e-book examines the main winning interracial coalition within the nineteenth-century South, Virginia's Readjuster occasion, and uncovers a shocking measure of fluidity in postemancipation southern politics.

Melding social, cultural, and political historical past, Jane Dailey chronicles the Readjusters' efforts to foster political cooperation around the colour line. She demonstrates that the facility of racial rhetoric, and the divisiveness of racial politics, derived from the typical stories of person Virginians--from their neighborhood encounters at the sidewalk, ahead of the magistrate's bench, within the schoolroom. within the method, she finds the facility of black and white southerners to either create and withstand new platforms of racial discrimination. the tale of the Readjusters exhibits how not easy white southerners needed to paintings to set up racial domination after emancipation, and the way passionately black southerners fought each infringement in their rights as Americans.

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