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Robert R. Church Jr. and the African American Political Struggle$
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Darius J. Young

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056272

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056272.001.0001

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We Return Fighting

We Return Fighting

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Robert R. Church Jr. and the African American Political Struggle

Darius J. Young

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the political activism of Church during the post-World War I era. It begins with Church’s assistance with investigating the racial violence of the Elaine Race Riots amid the wider “Red Summer” of 1919. This chapter demonstrates the critical role Church played with the NAACP as it expanded in the South and investigated various incidents of racial violence in the Mississippi Delta, and his continued rise in the ranks of the national GOP, as he interacted with national figures like Republican National Chairman Will Hays. Also during this time, Church developed the Lincoln League of Tennessee into the Lincoln League of America, with chapters in 33 states, and he played a critical role in garnering African American support for presidential candidate Warren Harding during the 1920 presidential election.

Keywords:   Lincoln League of America, Racial violence, Will Hays, Warren Harding, Elaine Race Riots, Red Summer of 1919

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