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The Trial of Democracy
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After the Civil War, Republicans teamed with activist African Americans to protect black voting rights through innovative constitutional reforms--a radical transformation of southern and national political structures. The Trial of Democracy is a comprehensive analysis of both the forces and mechanisms that led to the implementation of black suffrage and the ultimate failure to maintain a stable northern constituency to support enforcement on a permanent basis.

The reforms stirred fierce debates over the political and constitutional value of black suffrage, the legitimacy of racial equality, and the proper sharing of power between the state and federal governments. Unlike most studies of Reconstruction, this book follows these issues into the early twentieth century to examine the impact of the constitutional principles and the rise of Jim Crow. Tying constitutional history to party politics, The Trial of Democracy is a vital contribution to both fields.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xvii-xxv
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  1. Chapter One. The Road to the Fifteenth Amendment, 1860-1870
  2. pp. 1-48
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  1. Chapter Two. The Making of Federal Enforcement Laws, 1870-1872
  2. pp. 49-92
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  1. Chapter Three. The Anatomy of Enforcement, 1870-1876
  2. pp. 93-133
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  1. Chapter Four. The Hayes Administration and Black Suffrage, 1876-1880
  2. pp. 134-179
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  1. Chapter Five. The Survival of a Principle, 1880-1888
  2. pp. 180-215
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  1. Chapter Six. The Rise and Fall of Reenforcement, 1888-1891
  2. pp. 216-252
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  1. Epilogue. Equality Deferred, 1892-1910
  2. pp. 253-266
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  1. Appendix One. Enforcement Act of May 31, 1870
  2. pp. 267-274
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  1. Appendix Two. Naturalization Act of July 14, 1870
  2. pp. 275-277
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  1. Appendix Three. Enforcement Act of February 28, 1871
  2. pp. 278-287
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  1. Appendix Four. Enforcement Act of April 20, 1871
  2. pp. 288-291
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  1. Appendix Five. Enforcement Rider in the Civil Appropriation Act of June 10, 1872
  2. pp. 292-293
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  1. Appendix Six. Sections from the Enforcement Acts in the Revised Statutes, Their Repeals, and Amendments
  2. pp. 294-299
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  1. Appendix Seven. Criminal Prosecutions under Enforcement Acts, 1870-1894, by Section and Year
  2. pp. 300-301
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  1. Appendix Eight. Strength Distribution of the Major Parties in the Federal Government, 1861-1909
  2. p. 302
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 303-304
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 305-374
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 375-396
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 397-411
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