Friday, October 15, 2010, 3:00 - 5:00PM
Boston's "Black Abolitionists" and the Radical Reconstruction of the Deep North
Stephen Kantrowitz, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Commentators: Thomas Holt, University of Chicago and Kate Masur, Northwestern University
Between the 1850s and 1870s, a political alliance between black activists and white antislavery politicians flourished in the political microclimate of Boston’s Beacon Hill. Black residents gained long-sought political victories, patronage positions, and eventually steady employment; white Republican industrialists could count on a small but reliable voting bloc, as well as comparatively cheap labor that also suited their ideological purposes. This unequal alliance found its limits during the early 1870s, as white party leaders responded to black activists’ support for radical candidates by adopting the Democratic position that black voters were essentially a purchasable mob.
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The Newberry Library Seminar in Labor History
Co-sponsored by the History Departments of Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago; and Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas
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