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This article examines the occurrence of African-American sponsored state-wide industrial fairs in the South during Reconstruction, particularly those sponsored by \"The Colored Industrial Association of North Carolina.\" Because the fairs held by the Association were the first of their kind in the South, Blackwelder suggests that they most clearly reveal the philosophy and motivations of all such undertakings, and appeared to be the most important and interesting. Rather than give a chronological account of the fairs, Blackwelder selected the 1886 events as representative of, \"all fairs preceding and succeeding it.\"
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