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By J. Michael Martinez

For a short time following the top of the U.S. Civil conflict, American political leaders had an opportunity—slim, to be certain, yet now not past the area of possibility—to remake society in order that black americans and different people of colour might take pleasure in equivalent chance in civil and political lifestyles. It used to be to not be. With each one passing 12 months after the war—and in particular after Reconstruction ended in the course of the 1870s—American society witnessed the evolution of a brand new white republic as nationwide leaders deserted the promise of Reconstruction and justified their racial biases in line with political, fiscal, social, and spiritual values that supplanted the previous North-South/slavery-abolitionist schism of the antebellum era.

A lengthy darkish Night presents a sweeping historical past of this too frequently ignored interval of African American background that the cave in of Reconstruction—from the beginnings of felony segregation in the course of the finish of global conflict II. Michael J. Martinez argues that the Eighteen Eighties ushered at midnight evening of the yank Negro—a evening so darkish and goodbye that the higher a part of a century might elapse sooner than solar broke via. Combining either a “top down” point of view on the most important political matters and public coverage judgements in addition to a “bottom up” dialogue of the lives of black and white american citizens among the Eighties and the Nineteen Forties, A lengthy darkish Night should be of curiosity to all readers looking to greater comprehend this important period that keeps to resonate all through American lifestyles today.

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