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America's First Black SocialistThe Radical Life of Peter H. Clark$
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Nikki M. Taylor

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813140773

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813140773.001.0001

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Voice of Equality

Voice of Equality

(p.107) Chapter Five Voice of Equality
America's First Black Socialist

Nikki M. Taylor

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter Five, “Voice of Equality,” examines Clark’s political career between 1865 and 1873. Although initially very loyal to the Republican Party, Clark grew increasingly disillusioned because he believed it to be unresponsive to African- American voters and their quest for civil rights. This chapter examines how he advocated independent politics and even orchestrated a movement of other African- American voters away from the party: a movement called the Chillicothe Movement.

Keywords:   Republican Party, Democratic Party, Liberal Republican, Chillicothe Convention, Political independence, Political power, Voting, Patronage, Civil Rights Bill, Reconstruction

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