Josiah Walls: Florida's Black Congressman of Reconstruction.

By: Klingman, Peter D.

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Octavo, green cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, 157 pp. Very Good, in a Very Good, mylar protected dust jacket with edgewear that includes light chipping. From dust jacket: Josiah Walls was on of Reconstruction's leading black politicians and Florida's most important black politician of the nineteenth century. He was able not only to survive but also to succeed, within limits, in a period in which he was denied full political participation. The author reconstructs Walls' public life on the local, state, and national levels, providing insight into black political participation during this era. Negroes like Josiah Walls did not passively and uncritically accept Republican policies simply because they were Republican. Although often disaffected with the Republican leadership's lack of interest in improving the conditions of the newly freed blacks, black politicians had few alternatives. The author traces Walls' background and early career as a Civil War soldier. After his discharge from the army in 1865, Walls worked for a short time as a lumberer, then as a schoolteacher. He entered Florida Reconstruction politics as a member of the 1868 constitutional convention and became a member of the Florida state assembly and state senate, where he pressed for legislation favorable to blacks...

Title: Josiah Walls: Florida's Black Congressman of Reconstruction.

Author Name: Klingman, Peter D.

Categories: African American History,

Publisher: Gainesville, FL: The University Presses of Florida, 1976. First Edition.:

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