Under the Dome

When did Reconstruction end?

Eva ClaytonWas Eva Clayton the first black Congressional representative from North Carolina since Reconstruction?

In a robocall, the former U.S. representative urges voters to make Beverly Perdue the first woman governor of North Carolina and notes her own history as a record-breaker.

"As many of you know I was the first woman from North Carolina ever elected to Congress and I was the first African-American elected since Reconstruction," she says.

Before Clayton's win in a 1992 special election, the last black Congressional representative was George Henry White, who was elected in 1898.

That's about two decades after the end of Reconstruction, which historians typically peg at 1877, though White is often — and inaccurately — referred to as the last African-American Congressman of the Reconstruction era.

The next black Congressman elected was in 1928, and the next black Congressman from the South was not until 1972.

Clayton call for Perdue


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Re: When did Reconstruction end?

Interesting topic, however robo calls are an epidemic and need to be stopped.

As I testified in the US Senate with the NC AG, robo calls are an epidemic and are invading the privacy of All American Voters.

Our members are taking a stand and saying enough is enough at the National Political Do Not Contact Registry at

North Carolina's own Virginia Foxx has taken the "do not robo call" pledge and joined us in reducing this epidemic.

Here is a quote from a member:

"I find it very frustrating... I tend to get calls at the WORST time. I have a one year old daughter, and it NEVER fails that the phone will ring when I put her down for a nap or for bed. Also my vote is PRIVATE... so who do you think you are calling with a survey to find out who I am voting for!!! Stop calling me."


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Re: When did Reconstruction end?

Yes, legal Reconstruction did end in 1877, although the two-party political system it created in North Carolina lingered until 1900, when the white supremacy campaigns decimated the Republican Party.

Also, Clayton was not the first woman elected to Congress from North Carolina. That distinction belongs to Eliza Jane Pratt (, who was elected in a special election to complete the term of her boss, William O. Burgin.

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