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Master of Arts

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This study will endeavor to give the reader a positive concept as to the value of Negro politicians through the life of M. M. Rodgers by ascertaining the answers to the following questions: 1. What background factors contributed to the evaluation of Texas Negro politician as exemplified by M. M. Rodgers? 2. Was it possible for a Negro in politics in this era to exhibit the philosophy and instincts of a true politician? 3. To what extent could a Negro wield political power in the form of patronage and influence within the scope of the Republican party of Texas? 4. What was the Negro aspiration in politics during the period from 1887-1909? 5. Why did the white politicians plan to rid themselves of the influential Negro in the Republican party? 6. What were the factors that caused M. M. Rodgers to retire from politics?

The scope of this paper will begin in 1887, which is the year M. M. Rodgers was elected Alderman of the city of LaGrange, Texas, and closes in 1909, when he resigned as Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue for the Third District of Texas. The material date will begin around 1865, the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the period of reconstruction. For clarity on the material scope date, any date after 1881 will be in strict accord with the proof of the writer's hypothesis.

Committee Chair/Advisor

G. R. Woolfolk

Committee Member

S. W. Davis

Committee Member

H. T. Jones

Committee Member

E. M. Lewis

Committee Member

L. C. Philip


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John B Coleman Library

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Prairie View





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