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Volume Listing > Volume 57 > Paternalism and racism: Senator John C. Spooner and American minorities, 1897-1907

Parker, James Richard "Paternalism and racism: Senator John C. Spooner and American minorities, 1897-1907"


Paternalism and Racism: Senator John C. Spooner and American Minorities, 1897-1907: Wisconsin Senator John Spooner (1843-1919) was generally considered one of the leading spokesman and advocates for equal rights for African Americans in the U.S. Congress following the Civil War. But Spooner was not the civil rights advocate that he seemed, according to the author, who contends that Spooner's achievements fell far short of his pretensions, and that he used his rhetoric to take advantage of the weakness of the Democratic party rather than to expand black rights. (6 pages)

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Citation: Parker, James Richard "Paternalism and racism: Senator John C. Spooner and American minorities, 1897-1907" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 57 /Issue: 3 (1973-1974)

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