Van Gosse

  • The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War
  • Literature

It may be hard to imagine consistent black electoral politics developing in the United States before the Civil War, since slavery was still largely permitted around 1860. Van Gosse offers a comprehensive reassessment of the formative era of American democracy from the Constitution to the election of Abraham Lincoln. He describes the rise of organized black politics seeking citizenship, suffrage, and power in the free states.

Van Gosse is a professor of history at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He has written numerous articles and books on politics as well as social movements after 1945, including Where the Boys Are: Cuba, Cold War America, and the Making of a New Left. He is also co-chair of Historians for Peace and Democracy.

Language: English

In cooperation with the DFG Research Group “Voluntarism” (University of Erfurt/ University of Jena/ University of Oldenburg)

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