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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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ISBN-10: 029924914X

ISBN-13: 9780299249144

Edition: 2011

Authors: Bruce L. Mouser

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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.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 1/21/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 278
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

BRUCE L. MOUSER, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, has written extensively and edited several monographs on the slave trade and on commercial patterns near Sierra Leone related to slave commerce. Many of his publications have focused on the Iles de Los, Rio Nunez, and Rio Pongo, which were central to the Sandown's itinerary in 1793-94.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
From Orphaned Black to Printer's Devil: Taylor's Early Years in "God's Country"
Labor Agitator, Newspaper Editor, and Political Novice: Schools of Hard Knocks
Emergence of a Black Activist: Succeeding in the African American World
Taylor as the National Democrat: Black and Equal
Taylor's Campaign to Become President: A Duty to Himself and His Race
Escape to a Warm Place: Retreat and Reconstruct
Conclusion
Taylor's Interview with the Sun after the 1904 Election
Election Data for Nine Political Parties and Candidates in the 1904 Election
Chart of George Edwin Taylor's Life
Notes
Bibliography
Index