My question is: Why is Reconstruction used as the beginning of time in this scenario? I’ve done some admittedly quick research and I can’t find a satisfactory answer. It doesn’t seem likely to me that there was a black governor before Reconstruction. I couldn’t find any evidence of one either. So why don’t we use the genesis of the U.S. as our starting point? Isn’t he the 2nd black governor in the history of the U.S., or was there some cool black quasi-state before the Civil War that I am unaware of?
Inquiring minds want to know…Any thoughts or information?
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Nothing specific there, but this site indicates:
Reconstruction is the last time we had a black governor in the US (and Senators etc), because 90% plus of Southern whites weren’t allowed to vote. That’s how we got the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments through.
I think the relevant point is that post-reconstruction, after southern whites had reasserted control (kkk, political intimidation and violence, lynching, etc.), the political gains of Blacks were lost, and so there is a long time in the wilderness after Reconstruction, and that is why we say so-and-so is that first Black elected/appointed official SINCE Reconstruction. The point is how long a time it was (about 100 years) between the post-Civil War Reconstruction (1860s-70s) and what some call the Second Reconstruction of the 1960s, when the Civil Rights Movement, Black Power and Affirmative Action brought new political gains for African Americans. It’s that 100 year stretch in the desert that people are referring to when they say the first since Reconstruction.
Thank you for the information, obviously my wiki-fu is suffering from my lack of sleep and time.