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This article explores the lengthy background of African American applicants for President and vice chairman, studying the effect of every candidate at the American public, in addition to the contribution all of them made towards advancing racial equality in the US. creation: The African American quest for the presidency / Bruce A. Glasrud and Cary D. Wintz -- starting the trek : Douglass, Bruce, Black conventions, autonomous political events / Bruce A. Glasrud -- The Communist social gathering of the USA and African American political applicants / David Cullen and Kyle G. Wilkison -- Charlotta A. Bass : win or lose, we win / Carolyn Wedin -- Shirley Chisholm : a catalyst for switch / Maxine D. Jones -- The Socialist employees social gathering and African american citizens / Dwonna Naomi Goldstone -- Civil rights activists and the achieve for political strength / Jean Van Delinder -- Jesse Jackson : run, Jesse, run! / James M. Smallwood -- Lenora department Fulani : not easy the foundations of the sport / Omar H. Ali -- Race activists and fringe events with a message / Charles Orson cook dinner -- Black politicians : paving the best way / Hanes Walton, Jr. ... [et at.] -- Colin Powell : the candidate who wasn't / Cary D. Wintz -- Barack Hussein Obama: an notion of desire, an agent for switch / Paul Finkelman

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Douglass wanted to be free. One effort to escape failed but in 1838 Douglass successfully escaped from slavery. Upon escaping he married, settled in Massachusetts, and worked at varying jobs. After attending an abolitionist rally in 1841, where he spoke, Douglass accepted an invitation 17 18 • Bruce A. Glasrud from the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society to be an agent. He became a prominent abolitionist speaker (among the finest of nineteenth-century orators), an ardent abolitionist, and later a newspaper editor.

The National Black Independent Party: Political Insurgency or Ideological Convergence? New York: Routledge, 1999. McFeely, William S. Frederick Douglass. New York: W. W. Norton, 1995. , and William H. Pease. ” Phylon 29 (1968): 19–26. ——. ” In Key Issues in the Afro-American Experience, ed. Nathan I. Huggins, Martin Kilson, and Daniel M. Fox, 191–205. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971. Taylor, George E. ” Voice of the Negro 1 (October 1904): 479–481. Walters, Ronald W. ” The Black Scholar 11 (March/April 1980): 22–31.

That same year (1916), in Memphis, Tennessee one black man stepped forward to establish, at least in that city, an all-black party—that man was Robert R. Church, Jr. Church, a prominent black businessman in Memphis, was born in 1885 and died in 1952. In 1916 he formed, and then financed, the Lincoln League, an all-black political party in Memphis. Essentially it operated as the black wing of the Republican Party. The league increased voter registration, held voter schools, ran candidates for public office, and eventually expanded into a successful statewide organization.

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