A Republican governor and a Democratic editor : their relationship during the reconstruction in South Carolina

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Ann Kearns Brooks (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Allen Trelease

Abstract: Daniel Henry Chamberlain, as Republican Governor of South Carolina during the last two years of Reconstruction, was sustained in his position by the newly enfranchised Negro electorate. Francis Warrington Dawson, Democratic editor of the powerful News and Courier, was a spokesman of the conservative Charleston business elite and a proponent of fusion or political cooperation with those Republicans who best served the economic and social interests of this influential minority. For a short time the two men came together in a spirit of bipartisan cooperation as a means for obtaining their separate goals. The coalition— temporary and shaky at best—was opposed by elements in both parties. Chamberlain was charged by some in his party with having sold out Republican principles of Negro political equality, and Dawson was charged by an element within his party with abandoning Democratic fundamentals of white supremacy. Finally the connection was severed by the race issue, larger than the men and the beliefs they held.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 1972
Chamberlain, Daniel Henry, $d 1835-1907
Dawson, Francis Warrington, $d 1840-1889
Press and politics $z South Carolina $x History $y 19th century
Reconstruction $z South Carolina

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