Truth is uniform and narrow, but error is endlessly diversified . . . In this field the soul has room enough to expand herself, to display all her boundless faculties . . . — Benjamin Franklin

Negro and the Nation - G. S. Merriam



This book provides a comprehensive overview of the state of American Negros in the years before and after their emancipation. The severe political conflicts in the years leading up to the Civil War and during the reconstruction period afterward are explained thoroughly, and several short biographies of important negro political leaders are given.

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