Join us as Millington Bergeson-Lockwood presents his new book, "Race Over Party: Black Politics and Partisanship in Late Nineteenth-Century Boston."
In late 19th-century Boston, battles over black party loyalty were fights over the place of African Americans in the post–Civil War nation. Party politics became the terrain upon which black Bostonians tested the promise of equality in America’s democracy. Most African Americans remained loyal Republicans, but a determined cadre argued that the GOP took black votes for granted and offered little meaningful reward for black support. These activists branded themselves “independents,” forging new alliances and advocating support of whichever candidate would support black freedom regardless of party.
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. A pre-talk reception will begin at 5:30. A pre-talk reception will begin at 5:30.