We are reading this seminal work by WEB Dubois which details the role of black people during the Reconstruction period in America. Dubois lays out an economic analysis of classes during the Reconstruction period and notes that laborers were divided along racial lines and never united against the propertied classes.
He argues this was a failure of the Reconstruction period that enabled the white Democrats to regain control of state legislatures, pass Jim Crow laws, and disfranchise most blacks and many poor whites in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
This week we are reading Chapters 13 and 14:
13: The Duel for Labor Control on Border and Frontier
14: Counter-Revolution and Property
Friday, August 5th