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Martin R. Delany's Civil War and ReconstructionA Primary Source Reader$
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Tunde Adeleke

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496826633

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496826633.001.0001

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Trial and Conviction

Trial and Conviction

(p.183) Chapter 5 Trial and Conviction
Martin R. Delany's Civil War and Reconstruction
Tunde Adeleke
University Press of Mississippi

The documents elucidate the dynamics and crises of Delany’s political conservatism and the socio-economic and political ramifications. They provide detailed explanations for his alienation from, and persecution by, the Radical Republicans. Delany stressed the political and vindictive nature of the persecution, and elaborated on the circumstances of his trial and conviction for grand larceny. The documents also included sympathetic and hostile commentaries by, and reactions of, contemporaries. They underlined the challenges Delany confronted, especially the desperate and difficult political and socio-economic retributions he experienced during the closing years of Reconstruction. Delany characterized the grand larceny episode as retribution for his political conservatism and persistent criticisms of Radical Republican administration and policies. He offered in corroboration, an outline of “ten offenses” that formed the basis of radical persecution. Being tried and found guilty would not silence Delany. He seemed more determined and resolute in his pursuit of racial reconciliation and cooperation.

Keywords:   Grand Larceny, Trial and Conviction, Aggravating Offence, Irritating Offence, Gov. Chamberlain

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