By Kate Masur
An instance for all of the Land finds Washington, D.C. as a laboratory for social coverage within the period of emancipation and the Civil warfare. during this panoramic examine, Kate Masur presents a nuanced account of African Americans' grassroots activism, municipal politics, and the U.S. Congress. She tells the provocative tale of the way black men's correct to vote reworked neighborhood affairs, and the way, in brief order, urban reformers made that correct nearly meaningless. Bringing the query of equality to the vanguard of Reconstruction scholarship, this extensively praised research explores how issues approximately private and non-private house, civilization, and dependency proficient the period's debate over rights and citizenship.
"Masur's based, nuanced research . . . is either a great social and political background 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 cosmopolitan and interesting remedy deserving of a large viewers. hugely recommended."--Choice
"Kate Masur's unique and broadly ramifying learn of post-emancipation struggles over equality in Washington, D.C. . . . [is] robust indeed."--American historic Review
"[A] deeply researched, fantastically written narrative. . . . A must-read publication, not just for these attracted to the emancipation and Reconstruction yet for someone attracted to the lengthy, advanced, and contentious tale of equality within the United States."--Civil battle History
"In all, Masur units a brand new commonplace in Reconstruction historiography. In a gorgeous fulfillment, she has unearthed a misplaced democratic legacy that used to be formerly unknown--and awarded it poignantly and provocatively."--Journal of yank History
"A strong origin for a comparative review of urban-based emancipation politics. . . . [This publication] illuminates how Washington, D.C., supplied vital precedents for either expansive and constrained perspectives of emancipation and the rights of black people."-
"[An] first-class 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 center 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 may help us investigate 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 historical past. . . [and] conscientiously 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 learn important of the topic. Deeply researched and compellingly argued, Masur's booklet offers new perception. "--Journal of the Civil warfare Era
"I hugely suggest this publication simply because Masur presents us a superbly well-documented and interesting historical past of [Washington D.C.] with classes for today….An very important book….[and] a lucrative one who will with a bit of luck evoke public debate and i
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As a result, as newspaper editorialists acknowledged, fugitive slave laws became unenforceable long before they were repealed. Masses of black Washingtonians had insisted by their actions that they were members of the community and entitled to a voice in public proceedings. Their freedom 30 e v e ry w here i s freedom and everyb o dy f r e e still insecure, they protested the policies of the federal and local governments, insisting that emancipation must be accompanied by a far more robust vision of civic equality than most white people could imagine.
The escapees, Hamer related, had begun their residence when a church trustee permitted “a group of them . . ” By the time the smallpox outbreak began, almost one hundred people were staying in the church. The congregation allowed the refugees to remain and raised money to support them before closing the church to stem the outbreak. At great expense, the congregation repaired damage to the building and contributed to burials for those who died. 58 The congregation had done as much as it could, Hamer felt, and needed to continue with its regular business.
Yet it is clear that members saw the association not just as a mutual aid society but also as an organization that would shepherd black Washington through the upheavals of the Civil War. In the spring of 1862, members of the scsa collected statistics about the number of black private schools in the capital and the amount of real estate owned by black individuals and churches, information that could be used to demonstrate African Americans’ ability to thrive in freedom. 60 To the dismay of members of the scsa, colonization promoters were enjoying a good deal of success in the capital.
An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C by Kate Masur