For Labor, Race, and Liberty : George Edwin Taylor, His Historic Run for the White House, and the Making of Independent Black Politics

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  • Copyright: 2011-01-21
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
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More than one hundred years before Barack Obama, George Edwin Taylor made presidential history. Born in the antebellum South to a slave and a freed woman, Taylor became the first African American ticketed as a political partyrs"s nominee for president of the United States, running against Theodore Roosevelt in 1904. Orphaned as a child at the peak of the Civil War, Taylor spent several years homeless before boarding a Mississippi riverboat that dropped him in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Taken in by an African American farm family, Taylor attended a private school and eventually rose to prominence as the owner/editor of a labor newspaper and as a vocal leader in Wisconsinrs"s Peoplers"s Party. At a time when many African Americans felt allegiance to the Republican Party for its support of abolition, Taylorrs"s sympathy with the labor cause drew him first to the national Democratic Party and then to an African American party, the newly formed National Liberty Party, which in 1904 named him its presidential candidate. Bruce L. Mouser follows Taylorrs"s life and career in Arkansas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Florida, giving life to a figure representing a generation of African American idealists whose initial post-slavery belief in political and social equality in America gave way to the despair of the Jim Crow decades that followed.

Author Biography

Bruce L. Mouser is professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
List of Abbreviationsp. xxiii
Introductionp. 3
From Orphaned Black to Printer's Devil: Taylor's Early Years in "God's Country"p. 14
Labor Agitator, Newspaper Editor, and Political Novice: Schools of Hard Knocksp. 28
Emergence of a Black Activist: Succeeding in the African American Worldp. 57
Taylor as the National Democrat: Black and Equalp. 86
Taylor's Campaign to Become President: A Duty to Himself and His Racep. 107
Escape to a Warm Place: Retreat and Reconstructp. 135
Conclusionp. 146
Taylor's Interview with the Sun after the 1904 Electionp. 155
Election Data for Nine Political Parties and Candidates in the 1904 Electionp. 159
Chart of George Edwin Taylor's Lifep. 161
Notesp. 167
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 241
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