I recommend this book
100 Years of Lynchings
100 Years of Lynchings [Ralph Ginzburg] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Ginzburg compiles vivid…
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.
Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., gives us a sumptuously illustrated landmark book tracing African American history from the…
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.