The Negro in the Reconstruction of Virginia.

Monograph on the role of African Americans in the Reconstruction-era military district of Virginia, 1865-1870 and beyond, by a noted African American historian and academic. Includes much on social upheaval and migration and on African American labor, education, mental development, politics, religious and missionary outreaches to the black community, and on Virginia’s new democratic constitution.

In 1922 Taylor [Alrutheus Ambush Taylor (1893–1954)] became the first young black scholar to join [Carter G.] Woodson’s research staff at the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, where he served as a full-time investigator. His research on blacks in the Reconstruction of South Carolina after the Civil War was published in Woodson’s journal in 1924 and brought out in book form the same year. Taylor continued his studies of southern Reconstruction, focusing on Virginia, and published an essay and monograph in 1926 [the present work]. In these works Taylor began to overturn the prevailing view of black ineptitude during Reconstruction by demonstrating that white racism, violence, and greed were largely responsible for the failure of political reform. He pointed to the many accomplishments and achievements of black politicians. Taylor’s interpretation were largely echoed in W. E. B. Du Bois’s masterly interpretation, Black Reconstruction (1935), as well as in subsequent studies of the period. ... In 1926 [the year The Negro in the Reconstruction of Virginia was published] Taylor joined the faculty at Fisk University, where he served as professor of history and chairman of the department. (ANB)

Description: The Negro in the Reconstruction of Virginia.

Washington, D.C.: The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, (1926). First Edition. iv, 300pp. Large 8vo. Publisher’s green cloth. Brief foxing on fore-edge; otherwise, near fine.