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Between Washington and Du BoisThe Racial Politics of James Edward Shepard$
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Reginald K. Ellis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056609

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056609.001.0001

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Are You For Me or Against Me?

Are You For Me or Against Me?

The Political Life of James E. Shepard

(p.72) 5 Are You For Me or Against Me?
Between Washington and Du Bois

Reginald K. Ellis

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses Shepard’s role as chair of the Negro Republican Party in the state of North Carolina. Such a position for an African American college president during this time could have easily been the death blow to either his career or his school. However, for Shepard this move appeared to create more allies from within both the black and white communities. While serving as chair of the Negro Republican Party, Shepard maintained alliances and friendships with liberal white southerners who were now turning to the Democratic Party for leadership. This phenomenon is best illustrated in his relationship with Frank Porter Graham (president of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Democratic Senator from North Carolina).

Keywords:   Negro Republican Party, Frank Porter Graham, North Carolina, liberal white southerners

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