Nell Irvin Painter on the Reconstruction

Both [W.E.B.] DuBois and [Albion] Tourgée realized that the fundamental contradiction at the heart of the Reconstruction was the attempt to let poor and unschooled men make laws that applied to the wealthy, who had been accustomed to fashioning a state that served their own interests.

  • P. XIII, Exodusters – Nell Irvin Painter, ISBN 0-393-00951-3
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