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We Will Be Satisfied With Nothing Less: The African American Struggle for Equal Rights in the North during Reconstruction

Hugh Davis


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. This book 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. The book c ... More

Keywords: Reconstruction, Northern blacks, inequality, education, African Americans, black males, suffrage rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450099
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450099.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugh Davis, author
Professor Emeritus of History, Southern Connecticut State University