Reconstruction failed Maryland's African Americans, Gettysburg prof says

After the Civil War, Maryland's African American population might have been better off in one of the conquered Confederate states.

That is one startling conclusion of research by Africana studies Prof. Sharita Jacobs, last year's Derrick Gondwe Scholar in Residence, who this fall will begin a new tenure-track position in both Africana studies and Civil War Era studies.

Maryland was one of five slave states that did not secede from the United States. Because Reconstruction was imposed only on former Confederate states, Maryland’s Confederate veterans and sympathizers retained political influence and resisted granting voting rights to African Americans.

More about Jacobs' research into the history of the African American community in the Prince George’s County area, where she grew up, is in the Around the Campus section of the spring issue of Gettysburg, the College's magazine.

 

Posted: Thu, 26 Jun 2008

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