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African Americans in the Reconstruction of Florida, 1865-1877
by Joe M. Richardson
University of Alabama Press, 2008
Paper: 978-0-8173-5524-1
Library of Congress Classification E185.93.F5R53 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 975.9061

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Despite their shortcomings, “radical” politicians, including African Americans, made worthy contributions to the state of Florida during the era of Reconstruction. Joe Richardson disputes many of the misconceptions about the state’s debt and corruption by exploring how some African American politicians were quite capable and learned their duties quickly. Even more remarkable was the rapidity with which the unlettered ex-slaves absorbed education and adjusted to their status as free men. African Americans in the Reconstruction of Florida delves into the problems encountered by the freed men and traces their successes and failures during the first decade after emancipation.

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