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Danville's Role in the Readjuster Party's Defeat in 1883

Coalition Rule in Danville

This detail from a broadside petition published in October 1883 protests the "injustice and humiliation" that white people are having to endure in Danville under the political rule of the biracial Readjuster Party. Titled "Coalition Rule in Danville," this document, signed by a group of "merchants and manufacturers and mechanics," is also known as the Danville Circular. Complaints registered in the broadside include white people having to pay for the education of African American children, the hiring of "four negroes—something before that time unknown to the history of the town" as policemen, and permitting blacks to rent stalls in the marketplace. ("The market once occupied in all its stalls by polite white gentlemen, with their clean, white aprons, and the most inticing meats and vegetables upon their boards, is now the scene of filth, stench, crowds of loitering and idle negroes, drunkenness, obscene language, and pettit thieves.") The signees urged their fellow citizens to vote for Conservative Democratic political candidates "for unless they are elected we are doomed."

Original Author: The undersigned merchants, manufacturers, and mechanics of Danville

Created: October 1883

Medium: Broadside

Courtesy of Library of Virginia

Danville Times

The lead story of the November 9, 1883, edition of the Danville Times reports on the statewide election in which the Democratic Party gained a majority over the Readjuster Party. The headline of the article, "Glorious Victory! Mahoneism Killed and the State Redeemed," reveals the newspaper's bias toward the Democratic Party. (William Mahone was the leader of the Readjuster Party.) 

Citation: Bouldin Family Papers, 1751 (1832—1907), Accession #8308-a, Special Collections Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Danville Times

Created: November 9, 1883

Medium: Newspaper masthead and headline

Courtesy of Special Collections Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

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  • Coalition Rule in Danville

    This detail from a broadside petition published in October 1883 protests the "injustice and humiliation" that white people are having to endure in Danville under the political rule of the biracial Readjuster Party. Titled "Coalition Rule in Danville," this document, signed by a group of "merchants and manufacturers and mechanics," is also known as the Danville Circular. Complaints registered in the broadside include white people having to pay for the education of African American children, the hiring of "four negroes—something before that time unknown to the history of the town" as policemen, and permitting blacks to rent stalls in the marketplace. ("The market once occupied in all its stalls by polite white gentlemen, with their clean, white aprons, and the most inticing meats and vegetables upon their boards, is now the scene of filth, stench, crowds of loitering and idle negroes, drunkenness, obscene language, and pettit thieves.") The signees urged their fellow citizens to vote for Conservative Democratic political candidates "for unless they are elected we are doomed."

    Original Author: The undersigned merchants, manufacturers, and mechanics of Danville

    Created: October 1883

    Medium: Broadside

    Courtesy of Library of Virginia

  • Danville Times

    The lead story of the November 9, 1883, edition of the Danville Times reports on the statewide election in which the Democratic Party gained a majority over the Readjuster Party. The headline of the article, "Glorious Victory! Mahoneism Killed and the State Redeemed," reveals the newspaper's bias toward the Democratic Party. (William Mahone was the leader of the Readjuster Party.) 

    Citation: Bouldin Family Papers, 1751 (1832—1907), Accession #8308-a, Special Collections Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Danville Times

    Created: November 9, 1883

    Medium: Newspaper masthead and headline

    Courtesy of Special Collections Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.