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Reminiscences of an Active Life: The Autobiography of John Roy Lynch

John Roy Lynch and John Hope Franklin

Abstract

Born into slavery on a Louisiana plantation, John Roy Lynch (1847–1939) became an adult during the Reconstruction Era and lived a public-spirited life for over three decades. His political career began in 1869 with his appointment as justice of the peace. Within the year, he was elected to the Mississippi legislature and was later elected Speaker of the House. At age twenty-five, Lynch became the first African American from Mississippi to be elected to the United States Congress. He led the fight to secure passage of the Civil Rights Bill of 1875. In 1884, he was elected temporary chairman of ... More

Keywords: slavery, African American, United States Congress, Civil Rights Bill, Reconstruction, American politics, American race relations, black experience, autobiography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781604731149
Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2021 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604731149.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Roy Lynch, author

John Hope Franklin, editor

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1 His Father’s Keeping

John Roy Lynch

2 Into Bondage Again

John Roy Lynch

3 The War Came

John Roy Lynch

4 Confederate Looting

John Roy Lynch

5 Looking for Employment

John Roy Lynch

8 Justice of the Peace

John Roy Lynch

10 Electing a Legislature

John Roy Lynch

14 Visit to Saint Louis

John Roy Lynch

27 The Garfield Years

John Roy Lynch

32 Marriage and Divorce

John Roy Lynch

34 The Harrison Years

John Roy Lynch

43 Keeping in Politics

John Roy Lynch

45 In Cuba

John Roy Lynch

46 In Nebraska

John Roy Lynch

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