Black Liberation: A Comparative History of Black Ideologies by George M. Fredrickson

By George M. Fredrickson

While George M. Fredrickson released White Supremacy: A Comparative examine in American and South African background, he met common acclaim. David Brion Davis, writing within the long island occasions publication overview, referred to as it "one of the main extraordinary and profitable reports in comparative background everwritten." The e-book was once commemorated with the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize, the Merle Curti Award, and a jury nomination for the Pulitzer Prize. Now comes the sequel to that acclaimed paintings. In Black Liberation, George Fredrickson bargains a desirable account of the way blacks within the usa and South Africa got here to grips with the problem of white supremacy. He finds a wealthy history--not purely of parallel advancements, yet of an difficult, transatlantic net of impacts and cross-fertilization...

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10 A major difference between the Cape electoral system and the one that came into being in the South after Reconstruction is that the franchise restrictions in the Cape were at least honest ones that roughly conformed to nineteenth century liberal conceptions of fairness and equity. Although most whites could easily meet the property and wage qualifications, a few could not and no exception was made for them. Furthermore, blacks who met the formal criteria for the vote could actually exercise it, and there was reason to hope that the number of black voters would increase as The Suffrage and the Origins of Protest 21 more blacks acquired property.

Once in power, the "Redeemers" began to restrict black suffrage through a variety of devices that made no direct reference to race, a process that culminated in the massive constitutional disfranchisements of the period 1890-1910. 8 The qualified "nonracial" suffrage that accompanied the grant of responsible government to the Cape Colony in 1854 represented the high point of mid-Victorian racial liberalism within the British empire. Following in the wake of slave emancipation and an effort to remove all legal disabilities from the indigenous Khoisan peoples of the Western Cape (known to whites as "Hottentots") it represented a sincere effort to apply the liberal political principles that were then triumphing in Britain to a multi-racial colonial environment.

Government salaries were meager, standards of political ethics were low (the concept of "conflict of interest" hardly existed), and temptations for private enrichment through political activity were many, especially in the case of those who had little other opportunity to accumulate wealth. Less perhaps than white Republicans but still to a degree that was troubling to principled and idealistic supporters of black political participation, members of the black office-holding elite in the South engaged in the same kind of vote-selling and misuse of public funds that was endemic in the American politics of the period.

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