The Abolitionist Legacy: From Reconstruction to the NAACP

 
The Abolitionist Legacy: From Reconstruction to the NAACP by James M. McPherson
Published: 
February, 1976
ISBN: 
978-0691100395
Publisher: 
Princeton University Press

Building on arguments presented in The Struggle for Equality, James McPherson shows that many abolitionists did not retreat from Reconstruction, as historical accounts frequently lead us to believe, but instead vigorously continued the battle for black rights long after the Civil War. Tracing the activities of nearly 300 abolitionists and their descendants, he reveals that some played a crucial role in the establishment of schools and colleges for southern blacks, while others formed the vanguard of liberals who founded the NAACP in 1910. The author's examination of the complex and unhappy fate of Reconstruction clarifies the uneasy partnership of northern and southern white liberals after 1870, the tensions between black activists and white neo-abolitionists, the evolution of resistance to racist ideologies, and the origins of the NAACP.

Area of Interest: 
African American
Slavery
War & Society
Period: 
19th Century
20th Century
Region: 
American South
United States