UCL Institute of the Americas


Dr Neil Kinghan

A brief moment in the sun: Francis Cardozo and Reconstruction in South Carolina


PhD completed in 2019 | > UCL Discovery - open access


Professor Iwan Morgan and Dr Tony McCulloch

Neil Kinghan
My research focused on the life and career of Francis Cardozo, the first African American to be elected to state-wide office in the US, an honest man and an effective political leader during the Reconstruction, who was imprisoned following a show trial after the white supremacists returned to power, and whose story has been largely neglected since then. His life is fascinating for itself; it is also a symbol of the history of Reconstruction, its background before the Civil War, its failures and successes and its aftermath.