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George Henry White: an Even Chance in the Race of Life
By Benjamin R. Justesen. Southern Biography Series. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2001. Pp. [xxvi], 471. $45.00, ISBN 0-8071-2586-5.)
As the last African American to hold a seat in the U.S. Congress in the immediate post-Reconstruction era, George Henry White has long been a footnote, but little else, in the history of black political power. His two terms in Congress (1897-1901) have often been seen as the exception that proves the rule of dwindling black electoral clout in ...