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Re: Race in Post Civil War NJ

Hi Gordon,

Chapter Four of Graham Hodges' new book, Black New Jersey: 1664 to the present day, covers "The Civil War and Reconstruction to World War I."

Thanks for this suggestion go to Maxine Laurie, who also notes that both Dr. Hodges and Dr. Larry Greene of Seton Hall have noted that NJ never had any poll tax or similar legislated restrictions - though that does not mean there was never any intimidaton.

 

Re: Race in Post Civil War NJ

Hi Gordon,

You might want to check out The retreats of Reconstruction : race, leisure, and the politics of segregation at the New Jersey shore, 1865-1920 by David E. Goldberg. It covers your time period and the focus is on New Jersey. While the principal focus of the shore is a bit away from Perth Amboy, and on social issues in the context of leisure and consumption, it should be useful. It's a Fordham University Press publication, so is rich in footnotes and bibliography for further reading.

 

Race in Post Civil War NJ

As many of you will know, I have been working on a new book about Thomas Mundy Peterson, the first African-American to vote under the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870. He voted in a Perth Amboy city charter referendum. 2020 will make the 150th anniversary, hence why I am trying to get this done in time.