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FB-58325-15

Van Erben Gosse
Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA 17603-2802)

The Origin of Black Politics in America, 1790-1860

This project, to be published by the University of North Carolina Press, is a comprehensive study of the electoral and partisan politics of free men of color from the Revolution to the Civil War. It studies their transnational impact across the British Atlantic world, where they received considerable diplomatic and material support; their national impact via the promulgation of an ideology of nonracial republicanism appealing to a substantial minority of the Northern electorate (including sectors of the Federalist, Whig, and eventually Republican parties); finally, their participation as voters in key northern states, including New England other than Connecticut, Pennsylvania prior to disfranchisement in 1838, New York both before and after partial disfranchisement in 1821, and Ohio, where they were never formally enfranchised but voted in large numbers because of state Supreme Court rulings permitting "mulattoes" to vote as whites.

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Project fields:
African American History; Political History; U.S. History

Program:
Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$29,400 (approved)
$29,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 7/31/2015