Standing Guard at the Door of Liberty: Black Populism in South Carolina, 1886-1897

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Omar H. Ali, Professor & Dean, Lloyd International Honors College (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Black populism – the movement of African American farmers, sharecroppers, and agrarian workers that paralleled the white Populist movement in the late nineteenth century—took initial form in South Carolina in 1886 with the creation of the Cooperative Workers of America (CWA).1 The spread of the CWA, followed by the establishment of the Colored Farmers Alliance (CFA) and the subsequent election of George Washington Murray, an insurgent CFA black leader to Congress via the Republican party, provides a glimpse into the development of the movement in the two decades following the collapse of Reconstruction and before the consolidation of legal disfranchisement and segregation of African Americans under Jim Crow.

Additional Information

South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 107, No. 3 (July): 190-203.
Language: English
Date: 2006
Populist, African Americans, South Carolina, History, American South

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