Rural attitudes toward the negro in North Carolina, 1875-1900

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Martin Bell Chandler (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Richard Bardolph

Abstract: The "Redemption" years, 1876-1894, formed a buffer between the countervailing periods of Revolutionary Reconstruction and Reactionary White Supremacy. The years following the reestablishment of Home Rule were characterized by conservatism rather than innovation. Social inequality predominated and was perpetuated by the poor whites who felt their social and economic status threatened. There was no assimilation or equalization of rights. The relative calm of the period can be attributed to the acceptance of the status quo by the majority of both blacks and whites. The status quo derived much of its definition and strength in the rural community from the tenant lease system which defined social and economic roles. Although it was allegedly not a racial institution, Negroes were the principal victims of its injustices. Refugees who fled to the city found little respite, for they were confined to service occupations and menial labor. The social and economic inequalities to which they were subjected were as severe as those that marked the rural sections of the state.

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Language: English
Date: 1969
Rural population $z North Carolina $x Attitudes
Racism $z North Carolina $x History
North Carolina $x Race relations $x History
North Carolina $x History $y 1865-

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