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By Kate Masur

ISBN-10: 0807872660

ISBN-13: 9780807872666

An instance for all of the Land unearths Washington, D.C. as a laboratory for social coverage within the period of emancipation and the Civil warfare. during this panoramic research, Kate Masur offers a nuanced account of African Americans' grassroots activism, municipal politics, and the U.S. Congress. She tells the provocative tale of ways black men's correct to vote reworked neighborhood affairs, and the way, briefly order, urban reformers made that correct almost meaningless. Bringing the query of equality to the leading edge of Reconstruction scholarship, this extensively praised research explores how issues approximately private and non-private area, civilization, and dependency proficient the period's debate over rights and citizenship.

Reviews:
"Masur's dependent, nuanced research . . . is either an excellent social and political heritage of the nation's capital in this the most important interval and an important contribution to the scholarship of race and Reconstruction. . . . wealthy, well-researched, and well-conceived. . . . a cosmopolitan and interesting remedy deserving of a large viewers. hugely recommended."--Choice

"Kate Masur's unique and largely ramifying research of post-emancipation struggles over equality in Washington, D.C. . . . [is] strong indeed."--American ancient Review

"[A] deeply researched, fantastically written narrative. . . . A must-read e-book, not just for these attracted to the emancipation and Reconstruction yet for a person drawn to the lengthy, advanced, and contentious tale of equality within the United States."--Civil warfare History

"In all, Masur units a brand new typical in Reconstruction historiography. In a gorgeous fulfillment, she has unearthed a misplaced democratic legacy that was once formerly unknown--and offered it poignantly and provocatively."--Journal of yankee History

"A sturdy starting place for a comparative evaluate of urban-based emancipation politics. . . . [This ebook] illuminates how Washington, D.C., supplied very important precedents for either expansive and constrained perspectives of emancipation and the rights of black people."-

"[An] very good book"--Washington History

"An instance of the kind of first-class scholarship that bridges the putative divide among elite judgements and renowned struggles, whereas attending to the guts of thorny questions about equivalent rights in the course of a tumultuous time our nation's history."--Journal

"[Masur's] ebook highlights how the District's direct dating with a Republican-dominated Congress will help us examine the intentions and the bounds of the GOP's dedication to racial equality."--Journal of the North Carolina organization of Historians

"Masur positions her paintings on the intersection of political and social background. . . [and] rigorously reconstructs the interaction among nationwide and native forces, among the final and the explicit. . . . A compelling paintings that may function a version for s

"A research useful of the topic. Deeply researched and compellingly argued, Masur's publication presents new perception. "--Journal of the Civil warfare Era

"I hugely suggest this booklet simply because Masur presents us a perfectly well-documented and engaging historical past of [Washington D.C.] with classes for today….An very important book….[and] a worthwhile one who will optimistically evoke public debate and i

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30 As that clause suggested, Henry Wilson and other abolitionist legislators believed that slavery’s abolition must be accompanied by measures designed to secure equal treatment for African Americans once they were free. Immediately after passage of the Emancipation Act, Wilson introduced legislation to establish public schools for African American children in the capital. Wilson’s home state, Massachusetts, was famous for its common schools and edue v e ry where i s freedom and everyb o dy f r e e 25 cational reformers, and the move might have seemed an obvious one to him.

77 But many also saw troubling implications in this opportunity for a few local residents to command so much attention. Some at the original Union Bethel meeting had questioned how a small group of black men chosen there could represent all the people of African descent in the United States. ”78 The men who met with Lincoln, he argued, had no constituency and represented no one besides themselves. Turner saw the delegation quite differently. In a published response to Cerebus, Turner defended the process by which the delegation had been selected and meditated more generally on the problem of political representation for African Americans.

Wounded soldiers filled the city as the battlefront approached, then receded, and then drew closer again. 22 As dramatic as the militarization of the capital was, however, it was the political and social upheavals that began during the war that would have the most enduring consequences. 23 Policy changes, combined with the dramatic migration of thousands of fugitives from slavery into the capital, opened unprecedented possibilities for African Americans to express visions of equality that sometimes converged with, but often exceeded, those of radicals in Congress.

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