"We Will Be Satisfied With Nothing Less": The African American Struggle For Equal Rights In The North During Reconstruction by Hugh Davis"We Will Be Satisfied With Nothing Less": The African American Struggle For Equal Rights In The North During Reconstruction by Hugh Davis

"We Will Be Satisfied With Nothing Less": The African American Struggle For Equal Rights In The…

byHugh Davis

Hardcover | July 7, 2011

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Historians have focused almost entirely on the attempt by southern African Americans to attain equal rights during Reconstruction. However, the northern states also witnessed a significant period of struggle during these years. Northern blacks vigorously protested laws establishing inequality in education, public accommodations, and political life and challenged the Republican Party to live up to its stated ideals.

In "We Will Be Satisfied With Nothing Less", Hugh Davis concentrates on the two issues that African Americans in the North considered most essential: black male suffrage rights and equal access to the public schools. Davis connects the local and the national; he joins the specifics of campaigns in places such as Cincinnati, Detroit, and San Francisco with the work of the National Equal Rights League and its successor, the National Executive Committee of Colored Persons. The narrative moves forward from their launching of the equal rights movement in 1864 to the "end" of Reconstruction in the North two decades later. The struggle to gain male suffrage rights was the centerpiece of the movement's agenda in the 1860s, while the school issue remained a major objective throughout the period. Following the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870, northern blacks devoted considerable attention to assessing their place within the Republican Party and determining how they could most effectively employ the franchise to protect the rights of all citizens.

Hugh Davis is Professor Emeritus of History at Southern Connecticut State University. He is the author of Leonard Bacon: New England Reformer and Antislavery Moderate and Joshua Leavitt: Evangelical Abolitionist.
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Title:"We Will Be Satisfied With Nothing Less": The African American Struggle For Equal Rights In The…Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.39 inPublished:July 7, 2011Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Prologue
1. Launching the Equal Rights Movement
2. Toward the Fifteenth Amendment
3. The Crusade for Equal Access to Public Schools, 1864–1870
4. The Equal Rights Struggle in the 1870s
5. The Republican Retreat from Reconstruction
Epilogue

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"Davis contributes significantly to intensifying interest in moving beyond misplaced regionalism to understand the embedded power of racism nationwide in America. . . . Davis nicely connects blacks' postwar activism with their antebellum abolitionism and their wartime military service."—Journal of American History