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Reconstructing AppalachiaThe Civil War's Aftermath$
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Andrew L. Slap and Andrew L. Slap

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125817

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125817.001.0001

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Reconstructing Race

Reconstructing Race

Parson Brownlow and the Rhetoric of Race in Postwar East Tennessee

(p.163) Chapter 6 Reconstructing Race
Reconstructing Appalachia

Kyle Osborn

University Press of Kentucky

A notable letter in April 1867 appeared in the Knoxville (TN) Whig. It was a political endorsement of Tennessee governor William “Parson” Brownlow allegedly written by an African American named J. B. Thomas. Thomas explained in the letter that, before the Civil War, when he was a slave—and, inexplicably, a Democrat as well—he was convinced that “Brownlow was the worst man on earth.” But the Parson's loyalty to the Union during the Civil War and his support for black suffrage during Reconstruction had lifted Thomas from his Democratic leanings.

Keywords:   Tennessee, Brownlow, Parson, Reconstruction, suffrage

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