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Democratic Counties, Black Voters: A Map of the South in the Election of 1896

Democratic Counties, Black Voters: A Map of the South in the Election of 1896

The map I’ve embedded below displays a combination of the 1890 census data by percentage African American with the percentage of each county voting Democratic in the election of 1896. The darker purple a county is, the more African American and Democrat-voting it was. The map is enabled to toggle between four different layers, which I’ll briefly describe: county_plus_voteĀ is the layer which forms the blue chloropleth gradient in the legend. The darker blue a county, the higher percentage Democrat it…

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African Americans and the Election of 1896, Reviewing Omeka, and Stephen Berry on DH for Grad Students

African Americans and the Election of 1896, Reviewing Omeka, and Stephen Berry on DH for Grad Students

Over three decades removed from emancipation, in 1896 African-Americans began to move out of virtually one-party allegiance toward the Republican Party and consider allying themselves with the Democratic Party. Why? I am studying African-Americans’ role in the election of 1896, because I want to find out who supported William Jennings Bryan and why, in order to understand African-Americans’ relationship to populism and the Democratic Party of the 19th century. That cartoon, on the whole, makes a lot of sense, right?…

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