I recommend this book

This is the dynamic. Post civil war, the Reconstruction period included a brief era where black people held government positions and government jobs. This did not last as Northern whites wanted to appease angry Southern whites.

I recommend the book above as a great overview. It will describe the dynamics well. A former slave couldn’t “socially” afford to get ahead of the poorest white person in town. It was dangerous. That white household became resentful and made false accusations of rape to put that man back in his place. This was a common scenario.

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