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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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(p.156) Chapter Seven Voice of Dissent
America's First Black Socialist

Nikki M. Taylor

University Press of Kentucky

After briefly returning to the Republican party in 1879, Clark made a bold and unpopular move which cost him his reputation and job-- among other things—when, in 1882,he became a committed member of the Democratic Party. Chapter Seven examines Clark’s increasingly unpopular support for separate schools at a time when the African- American consensus at the local, state, and national levels endorsed integrated schools. This chapter charts his downfall and struggle for redemption as a “race” leader whose politics were increasingly angular to the African-American masses. The chapter concludes with how he became so irrelevant in national, state, and even local politics that his repeated efforts to secure patronage positions ended in abysmal failure.

Keywords:   Black Democrats, Republican Party, Patronage, Political power, Integrated schools, Separate schools, “race” leadership

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