Nell Irvin Painter – Politicians Advocating for Change

Henry S. Foote, the Reconstruction governor of Mississippi, precipitated the single disturbance in the otherwise unruffled proceedings [Vicksburg Convention]. Foote insisted that planters first shoulder the blame for much more than just the economic abuse of Black workers. They they should take concrete steps to protect Blacks’ personal safety as well as their civil rights. In place of vague pledges, Foote advocated the formation of local boards of arbitration in each county or parish with power to advise in labor disputes and to prosecute breaches of contract or law.15

  • 15 James B. Runnion, “The Negro Exodus”, p.230; F.R. Guernsey, “The Negro Exodus”, p.389; New Orleans Times, May 23, 1879
  • P.218, Exodusters – Nell Irvin Painter, ISBN 0-393-00951-3



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