The Readjuster Movement

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Different groups of people had a variety of experiences in the new South, and these experiences were often contradictory and defied generalizations. Hahn discusses an emigrationist movement among freed slaves, mostly to go to Liberia or Kansas, in order to escape paramilitarism, become missionaries, or own land (Hahn 321). Other African Americans, particularly in Virginia, participated in biracial politics, where they took advantage of divisions among white southerners to remove barriers like the poll tax. While they had less power and lower positions than their white counterparts, this Readjuster movement gave African Americans some political influence, as black votes were needed to win majorities (Hahn 384). Hahn illustrates how there were
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