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Forgotten Legacy


Benjamin R. Justesen reveals a previously unexamined facet of William McKinley’s presidency: an ongoing dedication to the advancement of African Americans, including their appointment to significant roles in the federal government and the safeguarding of their rights as U.S. citizens. During the first two years of his administration, McKinley named nearly as many African Americans to federal office as all his predecessors combined. Nonetheless, historians have long minimized, trivialized, or overlooked McKinley’s cooperative relationships with prominent African American leaders, including George Henry White, the nation’s only black congressman between 1897 and 1901.

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About the Author

Benjamin R. Justesen is an editor and historian in Alexandria, Virginia. A former journalist, teacher, and U.S. Foreign Service Officer, he is also the author of George Henry White: An Even Chance in the Race of Life and Broken Brotherhood: The Rise and Fall of the National Afro-American Council.

Publisher: LSU Press (December 16, 2020)
Hardcover: 368 pages
ISBN: 9780807173855

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Weight24 oz
Dimensions9.25 × 6.26 × 1.125 in