William Mahone

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Did William Mahone Believe in Racial Equality?

A couple weeks ago I was interviewed for a story that was published yesterday by The Virginian-Pilot about former Confederates who supported African Americans during the postwar period. I focused on William Mahone, who was the subject of my first book. The reporter was interested in whether his postwar career as the leader of the Readjuster Party complicates his legacy and whether it offers a reason to keep his name on a stretch of Virginia highway and maintain his monument located on the Crater battlefield in Petersburg.
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