What impact did Black politicians have during the Reconstruction? Trevon Logan from The Ohio State University’s Department of Economics discusses his research into the election of Black politicians after the Civil War ended in 1865, which led to increased tax revenues that were put toward public schools and land ownership reform. White Southerners, however, reversed that progress just 12 years later, augmenting the systematic disenfranchisement of African Americans that remains today.

An interview with: Trevon Logan

Reference Trevon's research: Logan, T. (2020). Do Black Politicians Matter? Evidence from Reconstruction. The Journal of Economic History, 80(1), 1-37. doi:10.1017/S0022050719000755  

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