Hardin and Langston: Western Black Spokesmen of The Reconstruction Era

@article{Berwanger1979HardinAL,
  title={Hardin and Langston: Western Black Spokesmen of The Reconstruction Era},
  author={Eugene H. Berwanger},
  journal={The Journal of Negro History},
  year={1979},
  volume={64},
  pages={101 - 115}
}
William J. Hardin made an impassioned plea for equal suffrage in Denver on November 7, 1865. Speaking before a racially mixed audience, he so swayed his listeners that they resolved wholeheartedly to give him the right to vote. They did not, however, include other black Coloradans in their gesture, and since their endorsement had no force of law, Hardin too remained disfranchised. In a similar appeal two years later, Charles H. Langston stirred a reporter in Wathena, Kansas, to write: "He… 
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