Reconstruction Period Research Forum
Canter Brown Examines Florida Reconstruction
One well learned lesson from Afrigeneas is that there is no absolute rule of thumb to the African-American experience.
Well respected author, Dr. Canter Brown discusses the Florida politics during the Reconstruction and its many intrigues in this fascinating article published by the Florida Historical Society:
Brown writes that "The overwhelm ing majority of the state's Republican voters consisted of blacks, although between 1,500 and 3,000 southern Loyalists and 400 to 500 "Northern men" also supported the party." His article presents black politicians in the real time of Reconstruction and explains their power in deciding the outcome of the 1872 election.
Early political black leaders such as (AME) Church elder and state senator Charles H. Pearce, Congressman Josiah Walls of Alachua County and AME minister John R. Scott of Jacksonville are mentioned in this insiders article.
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