Reconstructing Race

Kyle Osborn

in Reconstructing Appalachia

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125817
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135533 | DOI:
Reconstructing Race

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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

Chapter.  8149 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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