The back matter for The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch includes a historical note, a two-page timeline, my author’s note, Don Tate’s illustrator’s note, suggestions for further reading, and a couple of maps.
With all that Eerdmans Books for Young Readers did squeeze into those final pages, it’s not surprising that there wasn’t room for us to include a bibliography of the sources I consulted for the book. So, I’m presenting them here (along with a shout-out for Douglas R. Egerton’s 2014 book The Wars of Reconstruction, which came out after my text was finished but which I’m currently reading and finding fascinating):
The American Experience: Reconstruction: The Second Civil War. Produced and directed by Llewellyn M. Smith and Elizabeth Deane. DVD, 2003.
Bell, Frank C. “The Life and Times of John R. Lynch: A Case Study 1847-1939.” Journal of Mississippi History, Volume 38, February 1976.
Campbell, Tracy. Deliver the Vote: A History of Election Fraud, an American Political Tradition — 1742-2004. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2005.
Carey, Charles W. Jr. African-American Political Leaders. New York: Facts on File, 2004.
Christopher, Maurine. Black Americans in Congress. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1976.
Clay, William L. Just Permanent Interests: Black Americans in Congress: 1870-1992. New York: Amistad Press, 1992.
Davis, Jack E. Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez since 1930. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2001.
Davis, Ronald L. F. The Black Experience in Natchez, 1720-1880. Mississippi: Natchez National Historical Park, 1993.
Dray, Philip. Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
Foner, Eric. A Short History of Reconstruction. New York: Harper Perrenial, 1990.
Foner, Eric. Freedom’s Lawmakers: A Directory of Black Officeholders During Reconstruction. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1996.
Foner, Eric. Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877. New York: Harper & Row, 1988.
Gerteis, Louis S. From Contraband to Freedman: Federal Policy Toward Southern Blacks 1861-1865. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1973.
Graham, Lawrence. The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America’s First Black Dynasty. New York: HarperCollins, 2006.
Holzer, Harold. Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008.
“John R. Lynch and the Reconstruction,” The Chicago Defender, November 18, 1939.
Jordan, Winthrop D., editor. Slavery and the American South. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2003.
Kennedy, Randall. Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption. New York: Pantheon Books, 2003.
Knox, Thomas Wallace. Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field: Southern Adventure in Time of War. Life with the Union Armies, and Residence on a Louisiana Plantation. New York: Da Capo Press, 1969.
Lemann, Nicholas. Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
Lemire, Elise. “Miscegenation”: Making Race in America. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.
Lynch, John Roy, “Speech on the Civil Rights Bill,” accessed at http://www.blackpast.org/?q=1875-john-r-lynch-speech-civil-rights-bill on May 3, 2013.
Lynch, John Roy, edited by John Hope Franklin. Reminiscences of an Active Life: The Autobiography of John Roy Lynch. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1970.
Lynch, John Roy. Letter to Dr. William R. Johnston, December 27, 1937. William T. Johnson and Family Memorial Papers, Mss. 529, 561, 597, 770, 926, 1093, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge.
Lynch, John Roy. Letter to Dr. William R. Johnston, September 16, 1934. William T. Johnson and Family Memorial Papers, Mss. 529, 561, 597, 770, 926, 1093, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge.
“Major Lynch Buried with Military Rites,” The Chicago Defender, November 11, 1939.
“Major Lynch Will Be 89 on Thursday,” The Chicago Defender, September 12, 1936.
Mann, Kenneth Eugene. “John Roy Lynch: U.S. Congressman from Mississippi.” Negro History Bulletin, Volume 37, April/May 1974.
Martis, Kenneth C. The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts, 1789-1983. New York: Free Press, 1982.
McLaughlin, James Harold. “John Roy Lynch, the Reconstruction Politician: A Historical Perspective (Thesis).” Muncie, Indiana: Ball State University, 1981.
Menn, Joseph Karl. The Large Slaveholders of Louisiana, 1860. New Orleans: Pelican Publishing, 1964.
Middleton, Stephen, editor. Black Congressmen During Reconstruction: A Documentary Sourcebook. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2002.
Montgomery, Frank A. Reminiscences of a Mississippian in Peace and War. Cincinnati: The Robert Clarke Company Press, 1901.
Morris, Robert C. Reading, ‘Riting, and Reconstruction: The Education of Freedmen in the South, 1861-1870. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1976.
Nelson, Stanley. “Black, 15 & free in 1863: John Roy Lynch & Mary Reynolds,” Concordia Sentinel, May 4, 2011.
Nelson, Stanley. “Civil War in Vidalia: Views of 1863 battle from Rosalie mansion, Tacony quarters,” Concordia Sentinel, April 27, 2011.
Nelson, Stanley. “Despite deathbed promise, Lynch & family return to slavery,” Concordia Sentinel, April 6, 2011.
Nelson, Stanley. “John Roy Lynch: Love at Tacony, heartbreak at Whitehall,” Concordia Sentinel, March 30, 2011.
Nelson, Stanley. “Natchez in Union hands; John Roy Lynch leaves Vidalia to reunite with mother,” Concordia Sentinel, April 13, 2011.
Nelson, Stanley. “Plantation life, burning cotton and slavery’s end in 1863,” Concordia Sentinel, May 11, 2011.
Nelson, Stanley. “The Greshams come to Natchez; Lynch is free at 15,” Concordia Sentinel, April 22, 2011.
Newton, Michael. The Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi: A History. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2010.
Office of History and Preservation, Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008.
Oliver, Nola Nance. This Too Is Natchez. New York: Hastings House, 1953.
Power, Steve. The Memento: Old and New Natchez, 1700-1897. Natchez, Mississippi: Myrtle Bank Publishers, 1984.
Rabinowitz, Howard N., editor. Southern Black Leaders of the Reconstruction Era. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1982.
Roberts, Evangeline. “Major Lynch Tells of Days in Congress,” The Chicago Defender, May 12, 1928.
Rose, Willie Lee. A Documentary History of Slavery in North America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976.
Scarborough, William Kauffman. The Overseer: Plantation Management in the Old South. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1966.
Schafer, Judith Kelleher. Becoming Free, Remaining Free: Manumission and Enslavement in New Orleans, 1846-1862. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2003.
Schafer, Judith Kelleher. Slavery, the Civil Law, and the Supreme Court of Louisiana. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1994.
Sewell, George Alexander. Mississippi Black History Makers. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1984.
Townsley, Luther. “Major John R. Lynch,” The Chicago Defender, April 29, 1939.
Turkel, Stanley. Heroes of the American Reconstruction: Profiles of Sixteen Educators, Politicians and Activists. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2005.
Wayne, Michael. Death of an Overseer: Reopening a Murder Investigation from the Plantation South. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Wayne, Michael. The Reshaping of Plantation Society: The Natchez District, 1860-1880. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University, 1983
Winters, John D. The Civil War in Louisiana. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1963.
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