Encyclopedia of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era by John D. Buenker

By John D. Buenker

Encyclopedia of the Gilded Age and revolutionary period

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Authorities made a specious attempt to punish rioters and policemen who refused to protect black citizens. The city's newspapers generally denounced the antiblack rioting and insisted that the police protect blacks against mob violence. In addition, black ministers in the North, unlike many Southern black ministers, were by and large militant. They urged African Americans in the North to use peaceful protest and to arm themselves in self-defense, advice that in the South would have reignited the rioting.

Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press, 1974. Gatewood, Willard B. Aristocrats of Color: The Black Elite. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990. Gregory, James N. The Southern Diaspora: How the Great Migrations of Black and White Southerners Transformed America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005. Harlan, Louis R. Booker T. Washington: The Making of a Black Leader, 1856–1901. New York: Oxford University Press, 1975. Klarman, Michael J. From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality.

Widespread bank failures in 1873 and the subsequent five-year national economic depression fueled the agrarian political discontent known as the Granger revolt, which, in turn, quickly spawned the Populist movement. An able public speaker, Altgeld ran as the People's Party candidate for prosecuting attorney of Andrew County and was elected in 1874. Possibly because of a failed romance, Altgeld resigned his position within a year and moved to Chicago. Altgeld abandoned politics temporarily, choosing instead to establish a new law practice.

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