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The Facts of Reconstruction

John R. Lynch

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After the American Civil War, John R. Lynch, who had been a slave in Mississippi, began his political career in 1869 by first becoming Justice of the Peace, and then Mississippi State Representative. He was only 26 when he was elected to the US Congress in 1873. There, he continued to be an activist, introducing many bills and arguing on their behalf. Perhaps his greatest effort was in the long debate supporting the Civil Rights Act of 1875 to ban discrimination in public accommodations. In 1884 Lynch was the first African American nominated after a moving speech by Theodore Roosevelt to the position of Temporary Chairman of the Republican National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. During the Spanish-American War of 1898, he was appointed Treasury Auditor and then Paymaster under the Republicans. In 1901, he began serving with the Regular Army with tours of duty in the United States, Cuba, and the Philippines. Lynch retired from the Army in 1911, then married Cora Williams. They moved to Chicago, where he practiced law. He also became involved in real estate. After his death in Chicago 1939 at the age of 92, he was buried with military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. He was entitled to this as a Congressman and veteran. After the turn of the centutry, Lynch wrote a book, The Facts of Reconstruction, and several articles criticizing the then-dominant Dunning School historiography. Dunning and followers had emphasized the views of former slave owners and routinely downplayed any positive contributions of African Americans during Reconstruction, as well as suggesting they could not manage any political power. Lynch argued that blacks had made substantial contributions during the period. Since he participated directly in Reconstruction-era governments, Lynch's book is considered a primary source in study of the period. (Introduction by Guero and Wikipedia.)

Language:

English

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LibriVox Community

Length:

8h 7m


Chapters

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01:00

Introduction
Introduction

07:00


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

24:30


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

13:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

14:55


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

15:23


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

18:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:31


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:03


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

14:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:25


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

18:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

19:42


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

20:21


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

25:27


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

16:35


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

14:53


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

20:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

15:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

18:10


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

16:39