For Labor, Race, and Liberty: George Edwin Taylor, His Historic Run for the White House, and the Making of Independent Black Politics (Google eBook)

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Jan 21, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 253 pages
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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 party’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 Wisconsin’s People’s Party. At a time when many African Americans felt allegiance to the Republican Party for its support of abolition, Taylor’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 Taylor’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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Honorable Mention, Benjamin F. Shambough Award, the State Historical Society of Iowa

  

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For Labor, Race, and Liberty: George Edwin Taylor, His Historic Run for the White House, and the Making of Independant Black Politics

User Review  - Frederick J. Augustyn Jr. - Book Verdict

Mouser (history, emeritus, Univ. of Wisconsin, La Crosse) explores the challenges and achievements of George Edwin Taylor (1857–1925), the 1904 black presidential candidate on the National Liberty ... Read full review

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I was fascinated by the story of George Edwin Taylor who tried to make a difference in a quickly changing world, one in which blacks were being increasingly marginalized as reconstruction failed in ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
3
Taylors Early Years in Gods Country
14
Schools of Hard Knocks
28
Succeeding in the African American World
57
Black and Equal
86
A Duty to Himself and His Race
107
Retreat and Reconstruct
135
Conclusion
146
Taylors Interview with the Sun after the 1904 Election
155
Election Data for Nine Political Parties and Candidates in the 1904 Election
159
Chart of George Edwin Taylors Life
161
Notes
167
Bibliography
219
Index
241
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About the author (2011)

Bruce L. Mouser is professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse.

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