This work rediscovers a time and a people nearly erased from public memory. It turns to the period after Reconstruction before a tide of reaction imposed a new system of controls on the black population of the state. It examines the progress of African Americans in politics, education, and labour.
George B. Tindall, Kenan Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is also the author of The Emergence of the New South, 1913-1945 and The Ethnic Southerners. He lives in Chapel Hill.