North or South: Who Killed Reconstruction?


Document H W.E.B. DuBois



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W.E.B. DuBois, Black Reconstruction in America
"But the decisive influence was the systematic and overwhelming economic pressure. Negroes who wanted work must not dabble in politics. Negroes who wanted to increase their income must not agitate the Negro problem. . . in order to earn a living, the American Negro was compelled to give up his political power." Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, Black Reconstruction in America,


  1. According to DuBois, why did freedmen stop voting?

Document I Source: Protest of the Freedmen of Edisto Island, South Carolina to General Howard, October 1865




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