New PDF release: An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle

By Kate Masur

ISBN-10: 0807872660

ISBN-13: 9780807872666

An instance for the entire 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 learn explores how issues approximately private and non-private area, civilization, and dependency educated the period's debate over rights and citizenship.

"Masur's based, nuanced research . . . is either a good social and political historical past of the nation's capital in this an important interval and an important contribution to the scholarship of race and Reconstruction. . . . wealthy, well-researched, and well-conceived. . . . a worldly and interesting remedy deserving of a large viewers. hugely recommended."--Choice

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

"[A] deeply researched, fantastically written narrative. . . . A must-read ebook, not just for these drawn to the emancipation and Reconstruction yet for an individual drawn to the lengthy, advanced, and contentious tale of equality within the United States."--Civil conflict History

"In all, Masur units a brand new ordinary in Reconstruction historiography. In a beautiful fulfillment, she has unearthed a misplaced democratic legacy that used to be formerly unknown--and offered it poignantly and provocatively."--Journal of yank History

"A sturdy origin for a comparative overview of urban-based emancipation politics. . . . [This e-book] illuminates how Washington, D.C., supplied vital 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 very good scholarship that bridges the putative divide among elite judgements and well known struggles, whereas attending to the guts of thorny questions on equivalent rights in the course of a tumultuous time our nation's history."--Journal

"[Masur's] e-book highlights how the District's direct dating with a Republican-dominated Congress might help us check the intentions and the boundaries 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] conscientiously reconstructs the interaction among nationwide and native forces, among the final and the categorical. . . . A compelling paintings that might function a version for s

"A examine priceless of the topic. Deeply researched and compellingly argued, Masur's ebook offers new perception. "--Journal of the Civil struggle Era

"I hugely suggest this ebook simply because Masur offers us a perfectly well-documented and engaging heritage of [Washington D.C.] with classes for today….An vital book….[and] a profitable one who will optimistically evoke public debate and i

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The president hoped the Chiriquí region of what is now Panama would be a suitable destination for African Americans. He acknowledged that the “intelligent colored men” before him might feel little inclination to leave the United States. 68 Northern African Americans and the abolitionist press erupted in indignation, charging Lincoln with racism and insisting that African Americans should demand rights and equality in the nation of their birth. If members of the scsa had hoped that the delegation to Lincoln would join the chorus of condemnation, however, they were sorely disappointed.

Federal fugitive slave laws were still in effect, and Lincoln’s administration was committed to upholding them, not least out of determination to cultivate Unionism among that state’s slaveholders. In the winter of 1861–62, the question of what would become of Maryland fugitives drew increasing attention from both local and federal officials. Local police and the federal marshal for the District of Columbia, Ward Lamon, imprisoned scores of fugitive men, women, and children. C. jail and scrutinized Lamon’s role in imprisoning the fugitives.

But most Republicans in Congress had no intention of allowing racially discriminatory legal structures to persist. Since the black codes were local statutes passed by the Washington city council, congressional Republicans first attempted to persuade the city council itself to overturn the laws. When the council refused, Congress went over its head. Wilson placed a clause in the first school bill that repealed all racially discriminatory 26 e v e ry w here i s freedom and everyb o dy f r e e laws within the District.

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