Neither Carpetbaggers Nor Scalawags: Black Officeholders During the Reconstruction of Alabama 1867-1878
Black Officeholders During the Reconstruction of Alabama 1867-1878
Neither Carpetbaggers Nor Scalawags recounts events in post-Civil War Alabama, including political affairs and the attempts by the black population to carve out a social, educational, and economic existence during turbulent times after the end of slavery. It was a time of restrained joy, a time of jubilee, a time for building, especially a better way of living for the ex-slaves and their families. Many participated fully in the political process during the Reconstruction period. The stories of a number of black officeholders are told in this revised and reedited edition that includes an expanded index.
Dr. Richard Bailey is an Alabama historian and a research specialist at the Center for Aerospace Doctrine, Research, and Education at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery. A frequent lecturer and consultant on black history, he also served on the state commission tracing the path of Spanish explorer De Soto through Alabama.