Nell Irvin Painter on Southernizing

At best, Southernizing meant facing up to the realities of post-Reconstruction politics. It recognized that if Blacks acted alone they had their backs to the wall, and that unless they combined with Southern whites of some stripe, they faced a crush between the two wheels of Northern indifference and Southern violence. [P.B.S.] Pinchback counseled Blacks to cultivate friendly relations with conservative Democrats and elect men who would not only represent the “wealth and intelligence” of the South, but look after the welfare of Blacks as well.

  • P.40, Exodusters – Nell Irvin Painter, ISBN 0-393-00951-3

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