The origins of Black politics in the US - EXPeditions

The origins of Black politics in the US

by Van Gosse
  • Key point 1
    At the founding of the United States, when the Constitution was ratified, a small number of free black men were able to vote. That was the beginning of black politics.
  • Key point 2
    In New York and Ohio, extremely important states where black men had been formerly disenfranchised, they used loopholes in the law to increase their influence in politics.
  • Key point 3
    Britain was a great beneficiary of slavery – all that cotton was going to Manchester. However, when slavery was abolished in 1833, it became a haven for black political figures like Frederick Douglass.