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By J. Michael Martinez

For a short time following the top of the U.S. Civil conflict, American political leaders had an opportunity—slim, to be certain, yet now not past the area of possibility—to remake society in order that black americans and different people of colour may possibly get pleasure from equivalent chance in civil and political lifestyles. It used to be to not be. With each one passing yr after the war—and particularly after Reconstruction ended through the 1870s—American society witnessed the evolution of a brand new white republic as nationwide leaders deserted the promise of Reconstruction and justified their racial biases in line with political, financial, social, and non secular values that supplanted the outdated North-South/slavery-abolitionist schism of the antebellum era.

A lengthy darkish Night presents a sweeping background of this too usually missed interval of African American background that the cave in of Reconstruction—from the beginnings of felony segregation during the finish of worldwide struggle II. Michael J. Martinez argues that the Eighties ushered at the hours of darkness evening of the yankee Negro—a evening so darkish and see you later that the higher a part of a century may elapse sooner than solar broke via. Combining either a “top down” standpoint on an important political matters and public coverage judgements in addition to a “bottom up” dialogue of the lives of black and white americans among the Eighties and the Nineteen Forties, A lengthy darkish Night can be of curiosity to all readers looking to larger comprehend this important period that keeps to resonate all through American lifestyles today.

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