This Week in Reconstruction, January 15-21, 1871

The week's papers dealt with race relations. The rights of African-American people on railcars was very prevalent, for the state government discusses issues pertaining to railcars, however apparent racism deterred government officials from voting for the rail companies to have better quality railcars for Black customers. Other articles were written on this issue, for a citizen proposed that people should be fined and imprisoned if they discriminate on railcars, but it was dismissed. There were also police court reports for assaults against a black child that was dismissed. The paper disregards these claims, and concludes that these people are out of line and should be more grateful and claims that only a few African-Americans feel this way.

Contributed By

Megan Wiora