Lynch became a politician after the American Civil War and was prominent in Republican Party affairs of the 1870s and '80s. During the Civil War, he became free when he fled the plantation and to serve as a cook for the 49th Illinois Volunteer Regiment. Later in life Lynch he became increasingly concerned about the negative and inaccurate portrayal of blacks during the Reconstruction generated by white scholars. He turned author and historian to set the record straight and wrote "The Facts of Reconstruction in 1913."
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