This Week in Reconstruction, August 8-14, 1869

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Title

This Week in Reconstruction, August 8-14, 1869

Description

The Colored Conservative Republican Club of Richmond wrote to the Colored Voters of Virginia. In this address, they ask blacks to support Governor Walker even if they did not during the election. The black men ask them to be good citizens and remember how far they have come since slavery. The Club wrote that they should "rejoice and be exceeding glad that the God of Israel has been our God of deliverance, and that he has given us as allies that more powerful race, (the native whites), whose lands we occupy, and through whose instrumentality we are being afforded the means of providing for our families, of educating our children, of acquiring intelligence and respectability, and of worshipping that God whose hand of deliverance is so clearly discernable in our giant strides to prosperity and happiness." Rather than complain about the recent election, they should celebrate how far they have come in the past ten years. The Colored Conservative Republican Club thinks supporting Walker now is the best path to prosperity and a successful Reconstruction for black Virginians.

Date

August 8-14, 1869

Contributor

Ali O'Hara

Identifier

Ohara-Week-14