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Show Thyself a ManGeorgia State Troops, Colored, 1865-1905$
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Gregory Mixon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062723

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062723.001.0001

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“We Called It ‘The Band of Brothers’”

“We Called It ‘The Band of Brothers’”

Black Independent Militia Formation and the Johnson County Insurrection of 1875

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Show Thyself a Man

Gregory Mixon

University Press of Florida

The chapter further defines the role of the independent militia company in post–Civil War Georgia. Examines the independent black militia company in rural Georgia’s east and central counties. Explores black use of the independent militia company as a political institution that mobilized local African Americans for political and economic autonomy and self-defence. The independent militia company was also a mechanism that blacks used to organize African Americans for political action and autonomy. Whites also used the independent militia company to define their political and economic freedom. There is an additional focus on black and white conflict at the county level of governance over who would control the county politically and economically. Whites believed that black political activity was an act of insurrection. Presents the black view of the Johnson County Insurrection. The 1875 insurrection was about black efforts to use public facilities for mass political organizing and action as they defined freedom to be political participation, autonomy, and public access to public buildings. The Civil Rights Act of 1875 was especially important in setting the parameters of autonomy.

Keywords:   Civil Rights Act of 1875, Johnson County Insurrection, independent militia

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