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Hurrah for Hampton! : Black Red Shirts in South Carolina during Reconstruction /
Edmund L. Drago.
Fayetteville, Ark. : University of Arkansas Press, 1998.
xv, 158 p. : ill., 1 map.
1557285411 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Fayetteville, Ark. : University of Arkansas Press, 1998.
1557285411 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 137-154) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-09:
Drago (College of Charleston) focuses his research and publications on small but significant topics (see his Broke by the War: Letters of a Slave Trader, CH, Apr'92). This new work focuses on the little-known African Americans who cast their ballots and their lot with the Democrats in the election of 1876 in South Carolina. Narratives, some two-thirds of the book, provide valuable primary source materials to anyone interested in the lives of former slaves as radical reconstruction ended. The WPA oral history projects of the 1930s are reprinted for those blacks who supported General Hampton in the governor's race. Three US senators, representing Wisconsin, Michigan, and North Carolina (the first two Republicans), held hearings in South Carolina after that election to determine whether or not blacks had been denied by right to vote. Testimony of those African Americans who voted for the Democratic Party are also reprinted. Drago includes tables that identify the occupations, educational levels, family status, and other information about those black men who supported Hampton. These "Black Red Shirts" sought to establish themselves politically and economically by supporting the local white power structure, an effort that ultimately failed. The story of this little-known alliance may interest those who want to know each detail of Reconstruction history. All levels. N. J. Hervey; Luther College
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Table of Contents
Wade Hampton's Black Red Shirtsp. 1
Chart: Hampton's Black Red Shirtsp. 50
South Carolina in 1876: Testimonies as to the Denial of the Elective Franchise in South Carolina at the Election of 1876p. 57
Preston Taylor - Richland Countyp. 57
Jonas Weeks - Richland Countyp. 59
Merriman Washington - Richland Countyp. 62
Edward Henderson - Abbeville Countyp. 67
Asbury Green - Abbeville Countyp. 71
Aaron Mitchell - Abbeville Countyp. 77
Tom Lomax - Abbeville Countyp. 90
South Carolina Slave Narrativesp. 95
Frank Adamsonp. 95
Charley Barberp. 98
Ed Barberp. 102
Andy Bricep. 105
John C. Brown and Adeline Brownp. 108
Thomas Campbellp. 111
Louisa Davisp. 114
Pen Eubanksp. 119
George Flemingp. 121
Madison Griffinp. 131
Richard Mackp. 133
Notesp. 137
Name Indexp. 155
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