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The Resource Entrepreneur for equality : Governor Rufus Bullock, commerce, and race in post-Civil War Georgia, Russell Duncan

Entrepreneur for equality : Governor Rufus Bullock, commerce, and race in post-Civil War Georgia, Russell Duncan

Label
Entrepreneur for equality : Governor Rufus Bullock, commerce, and race in post-Civil War Georgia
Title
Entrepreneur for equality
Title remainder
Governor Rufus Bullock, commerce, and race in post-Civil War Georgia
Statement of responsibility
Russell Duncan
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • This is the first full biography of Rufus Brown Bullock (1834-1907), the only elected Republican governor in Georgia history and a central figure both in the reconstruction of the state and the ascendancy of Atlanta as the premier city of the New South. Moreover, this work, which adds much revelatory material on political, social, and economic conditions in post-Civil War Georgia, constitutes the first in-depth study of the state during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age in twenty-five years
  • Russell Duncan follows Bullock's life from his abolitionist upbringing in Albion, New York, to his move to Augusta, Georgia, on the eve of the Civil War and his subsequent role in the Southern war effort. Elected governor of Georgia in 1868, Bullock was ousted by Democratic opponents before the end of his term. Duncan chronicles Bullock's trial on charges of corruption and malfeasance, his full acquittal, and his subsequent ventures in railroading, banking, manufacturing, textiles, and insurance
  • In one of many demonstrations of Bullock's business prowess and personal complexity, Duncan shows how he was able to serve for two terms as president of Atlanta's chamber of commerce even as he publicly rebuked New South sovereign Henry Grady for racism
  • The core of the book is a reevaluation of Bullock's personal character, gubernatorial administration, and business affairs. Offering new explanations of the most controversial points in Bullock's career, Duncan examines his Radical Republican views on racial and economic opportunity, his attempts to stimulate Georgia's devastated economy by expanding its rail system, and his many clashes with militant Democratic party reactionaries. At heart, says Duncan, Bullock was a consummate businessman
  • If, as governor, he formed unseemly alliances and overstepped his powers, there is much to show that personal gain was not a compelling motive. Further, Bullock's early views on racism - on its utter impracticality - stemmed from his unwavering belief in entrepreneurship and free labor. If his advocacy of racial equality - which paralleled the "separate but equal" stance of his friend Booker T. Washington - had pragmatic underpinnings, Duncan argues, it did acquire a strong moral component. Bullock genuinely sought to extend justice, opportunity, and prosperity to black citizens
  • He consistently upheld their rights at great personal risk and continually badgered an unresponsive Republican regime in Washington, D.C., to enforce the Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments
  • Without minimizing the greed and malevolence that pervaded Georgia in Bullock's time, Duncan, to a great degree, exculpates the man himself. Bringing us much closer to Bullock as be was known by New South proponents, Duncan shows him to be an honest broker for change in a time when the rhetoric of the Lost Cause placed a higher emphasis on social order
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
975.8/03
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
F291.B93
LC item number
D86 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Entrepreneur for equality : Governor Rufus Bullock, commerce, and race in post-Civil War Georgia, Russell Duncan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-263) and index
Control code
819792
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 278 p.
Isbn
9780820315577
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
93004163
Other physical details
port
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm28017654
  • (OCoLC)28017654
Label
Entrepreneur for equality : Governor Rufus Bullock, commerce, and race in post-Civil War Georgia, Russell Duncan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-263) and index
Control code
819792
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 278 p.
Isbn
9780820315577
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
93004163
Other physical details
port
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm28017654
  • (OCoLC)28017654

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