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By John F. Marszalek

Born a slave in 1850s South Carolina and elected to Congress within the Eighteen Nineties, George W. Murray looked to be the antithesis of the African American male within the Jim Crow South and served as a beacon for African americans who observed their hopes overwhelmed within the aftermath of the Civil conflict. Early within the 20th century, even if, tragically defeated through corrupt Reconstruction politics and white supremacist attitudes he couldn't break out, Murray used to be pushed from place of work and from the nation. Drawing on broad study to reconstruct Murray’s lifestyles tale, Marszalek defines an age and its humans in the course of the compelling conflict of 1 guy and exhibits how and why the nation’s efforts to reconstruct the South right into a biracial democracy failed.
            Murray’s profession, which spanned 1 / 4 of a century, incorporated phrases within the U.S. condominium of Representatives and management of South Carolina’s Republican occasion. He used to be an investor in addition to a landed home owner who bought tracts to negative blacks to ensure that them to qualify to vote. yet by way of the start of the 20th century, along with his celebration in shambles, he came upon himself on trial for alleged forgery in a land care for of his black land dealers. Murray used to be chanced on accountable, and the South Carolina preferrred court docket upheld the decision. Sentenced to tough hard work on a series gang, he escaped to Chicago the place he spent the remainder of his lifestyles in obscurity.
 

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29 This incident, like the deadlocked 1882 convention, clearly indicated the lack of Republican unity. Surrounded as they were by an oppressing white populace, Republicans reacted by feuding among themselves, black against black, white against black. They were unable to strike back effectively or safely at those discriminating against them, so they turned their anger onto themselves. Republicans vented their frustration through intramural squabbling. The Sumter County Republican meeting of 1884, called to elect delegates to the state convention, erupted into similar disagreement.

A reporter, trying to hear what was going on, moved to the front. Lee noticed the newsman and warned the gathering that, this 12 / A Black Congressman in the Age of Jim Crow time, a press description of Republican turmoil would not be Democratic misrepresentation; it would be the truth. 29 This incident, like the deadlocked 1882 convention, clearly indicated the lack of Republican unity. Surrounded as they were by an oppressing white populace, Republicans reacted by feuding among themselves, black against black, white against black.

23 The big issue was whether or not to support U. S. Grant for a third presidential term. The debate droned on interminably until Murray, though a newcomer, protested. He told the convention delegates that he was tired of all the haggling and just wanted to go home. 24 Murray’s political debut began with a successful display of impatient frustration at his political party’s vacillation, a display of temper that in later years would become even more evident in his political personality. This show of impudent independence may very well have been the reason for the disappearance of his name from the political rolls for the next several years.

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