Monograph on the role of African Americans in the Reconstruction-era military district of Virginia, and beyond, by a noted African American historian and academic. Taylor continued his studies of southern Reconstruction, focusing on Virginia, and published an essay and monograph in [the present work]. In these works Taylor began to overturn the prevailing view of black ineptitude during Reconstruction by demonstrating that white racism, violence, and greed were largely responsible for the failure of political reform. He pointed to the many accomplishments and achievements of black politicians. In [the year The Negro in the Reconstruction of Virginia was published ] Taylor joined the faculty at Fisk University, where he served as professor of history and chairman of the department. Washington, D. First Edition. Large 8vo.
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The Negro in Tennessee, Washington, D. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. First edition of Dr. Taylor's Reconstruction history of Tennessee, where "hostility to the war amendments was possibly more bitter and determined than it was in the other Confederate states," the third and final work in his important series on the Reconstruction, countering "the negative stereotypes that dominated previous writing. This is one of the first Reconstruction histories by an African American historian—Dr. Taylor, "a painstaking scholar and authority on Negro history" Crisis. As noted by a contemporary, he records an especially dangerous time, when African Americans were trapped "between the devil and the deep blue sea… Hostility to the war amendments was possibly more bitter and determined than it was in any other Confederate states… the massacres at Memphis in and Trenton in are cited" Journal of Negro History. Throughout this and his histories of South Carolina and Virginia , "Taylor's purpose was forthright: he believed that the view of Reconstruction then prevailing in the United States was deeply flawed… he was able to counter the negative stereotypes that dominated previous writing and offer a more balanced account of the African American experience" James Mohr. Only lightest toning to spine of scarce dust jacket.
A[lrutheus] A[mbush] Taylor, historian, was born in Washington D. He earned a B. In , Carter G. Woodson brought this able young historian back to Washington D.