By Bruce A. Glasrud
This article explores the lengthy heritage of African American applicants for President and vice chairman, analyzing the influence of every candidate at the American public, in addition to the contribution all of them made towards advancing racial equality in the USA. creation: The African American quest for the presidency / Bruce A. Glasrud and Cary D. Wintz -- starting the trek : Douglass, Bruce, Black conventions, self sustaining political events / Bruce A. Glasrud -- The Communist celebration of the U.S. and African American political applicants / David Cullen and Kyle G. Wilkison -- Charlotta A. Bass : win or lose, we win / Carolyn Wedin -- Shirley Chisholm : a catalyst for swap / Maxine D. Jones -- The Socialist employees get together and African american citizens / Dwonna Naomi Goldstone -- Civil rights activists and the succeed in for political strength / Jean Van Delinder -- Jesse Jackson : run, Jesse, run! / James M. Smallwood -- Lenora department Fulani : not easy the foundations of the sport / Omar H. Ali -- Race activists and fringe events with a message / Charles Orson cook dinner -- Black politicians : paving the way in which / Hanes Walton, Jr. ... [et at.] -- Colin Powell : the candidate who wasn't / Cary D. Wintz -- Barack Hussein Obama: an notion of desire, an agent for switch / Paul Finkelman
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Ultimately the single-issue Liberty Party failed. Black leaders such as Frederick Douglass turned to the fledgling Free Soil Party in 1852 but it was the Republican Party, established in 1854, that promised the most benefits for black Americans, even though (as was the Free Soil Party) it was not opposed to the institution of slavery, but only to its spread into the territories. Beginning the Trek • 21 After the Civil War opportunities for political participation, especially for the recently freed slaves, blossomed.
Approximately 20,000 black voters would likely vote in the election but neither Democrat nor Republican sought their support. As a result black Republicans ran a slate of black candidates, referred to as the “lily blacks,” for the state elections in 1921. , editor of the Richmond Planet, had been a constant critic of white racial policies in Virginia over the years. However, the black candidates faced two significant obstacles, a lack of voting strength and a lack of unity, as not all blacks agreed with either the all-black party or with the candidacy of Mitchell.
Frederick Douglass’ political path was itself long and tortuous. He was the first black American to receive even a modicum of political recognition and encouragement as well as to be mentioned as a possible candidate for high office. Born a slave in Maryland in 1817, Douglass was sent to Baltimore in 1825 to work as a houseboy. He not only worked but received educational instruction. Douglass wanted to be free. One effort to escape failed but in 1838 Douglass successfully escaped from slavery. Upon escaping he married, settled in Massachusetts, and worked at varying jobs.
African Americans and the Presidency: The Road to the White House by Bruce A. Glasrud