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The Loneliness of the Black RepublicanPragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power$
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Leah Wright Rigueur

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159010

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159010.001.0001

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The Paradox of the Black Republican

The Paradox of the Black Republican

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(p.1) Introduction The Paradox of the Black Republican
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The Loneliness of the Black Republican
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Leah Wright Rigueur

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691159010.003.0001

This introductory chapter introduces key figures across a spectrum of black Republican politics and examines their ongoing struggles to effect meaningful change both for African Americans and within the Republican Party over the course of nearly half a century. It illustrates the ways in which black Republicans were conservative and not conservative, and how their ideas overlapped and clashed with even the most reactionary wing of the Republican Party. In no uncertain terms, black Republicans offer a dilemma of sorts; they were far more conservative than their Democratic counterparts but far less conservative than white reactionary Republicans. Above all else, most held fast to a pragmatic ideology that was informed by their day-to-day racial experience rather than by an abstract, dogmatic interpretation of American politics.

Keywords:   black Republicans, African Americans, Republican Party, Democrats, white reactionary Republicans, pragmatic ideology

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