Four in Black: North Carolina's Black Congressmen, 1874-1901

  title={Four in Black: North Carolina's Black Congressmen, 1874-1901},
  author={George W. Reid},
  journal={The Journal of Negro History},
  pages={229 - 243}
  • G. Reid
  • Published 1 July 1979
  • Sociology
  • The Journal of Negro History
While most other Southern states had already disenfranchised their black population, four blacks, all from the Second Congressional District of North Carolina, were elected to the United States Congress between 1874 and 1897. This was primarily the case because the majority of the North Carolina counties which were predominantly black were in the Second Congressional District. This aggregate of several predominantly black counties comprised a voting bloc, which was not fully destroyed until… 
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