Letter from Chauncey Mead to W. W. Baker, November 22, 1883

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Title

Letter from Chauncey Mead to W. W. Baker, November 22, 1883

Subject

Virginia elections, 1883 riots

Description

Racial tension and violence accompanied Virginia state elections in 1883 when Democrats succeeded in ousting the more racially-egalitarian Readjuster Party. Riots centered in Danville, killing four African Americans wounding numerous others. In the aftermath of the election, local and state political committees sought testimony and affidavits about the conduct of the election in various jurisdictions throughout the state.

This letter, drawn from materials concerning the Democratic party campaign to elect members of the Virginia General Assembly, documents the perspective of two citizens concerning the election in Midlothian written to attorney W.W. Baker. No indication is given concerning who or which organization Baker might have represented.

Source

Archer Anderson Papers, 1838-1918, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia

Date

November 22, 1883

Contributor

Lee Ann Ghajar

Rights

Virginia Historical Society, Richmond Virginia

Format

jpg or original document

Language

English

Files

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Citation

“Letter from Chauncey Mead to W. W. Baker, November 22, 1883,” Omeka + Scripto, accessed September 24, 2018, http://scripto.org/omeka/items/show/1.

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