Black Over White

Negro Political Leadership in South Carolina during Reconstruction
Author: Thomas Holt
From a new political order to the unmaking of a revolution
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Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1979
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About the Book

Thomas Holt's prize-winning study examine the identities of the black politicians who gained power in South Carolina during Reconstruction and looks at how they functioned within the state's political system.

About the Author

Thomas Holt is the James Westfall Thompson Professor Emeritus of American and African American History at the University of Chicago. His books include Children of Fire: A History of African Americans and The Problem of Race in the Twenty-first Century.

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"Well crafted and well written, it not only broadens our knowledge of the period, but also deepens it, something that recent books on Reconstruction have too often failed to do."--Michael Perman, American Historical Review

"A valuable study of post-Civil War black leaders. . . . Effectively merging the techniques of quantitative analysis with those of narrative history, Holt shatters a number of myths and misconceptions. . . . It should be on the reading list of all students of Reconstruction and nineteenth-century black history."--William C. Harris, Journal of Southern History

"Holt presents his work modestly as a state study of reconstruction politics. But this should not obscure a significant intellectual achievement and a contribution of fundamental importance, demonstrating the value of social-class analysis in understanding the politics of the black community."--Jonathan M. Wiener, Journal of American History


Winner of the Charles S. Sydnor Award of the Southern Historical Association, 1978.