By Kate Masur
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 the way black men's correct to vote remodeled neighborhood affairs, and the way, briefly order, urban reformers made that correct almost meaningless. Bringing the query of equality to the vanguard of Reconstruction scholarship, this commonly praised research explores how issues approximately private and non-private area, civilization, and dependency proficient the period's debate over rights and citizenship.
"Masur's dependent, nuanced examine . . . is either an exceptional social and political background 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 engaging therapy deserving of a large viewers. hugely recommended."--Choice
"Kate Masur's unique and commonly 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 ebook, not just for these attracted to the emancipation and Reconstruction yet for an individual attracted 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 beautiful fulfillment, she has unearthed a misplaced democratic legacy that was once formerly unknown--and awarded it poignantly and provocatively."--Journal of yank History
"A good starting place for a comparative review 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 very good scholarship that bridges the putative divide among elite judgements and well known 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] publication highlights how the District's direct dating with a Republican-dominated Congress may also 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 would function a version for s
"A research beneficial of the topic. Deeply researched and compellingly argued, Masur's publication presents new perception. "--Journal of the Civil struggle 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 vital book….[and] a worthwhile one who will optimistically evoke public debate and i
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Additional resources for An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C
One attendee at those lectures was Sayles J. Bowen, a New Yorker who had been in the capital since the 1840s. ”24 Congress quickly turned its attention to the growing paradox of slavery in the Union capital. The question took on enormous practical urgency as growing numbers of fugitives from slavery in Maryland and Virginia poured into the city. As Union troops passed through Maryland en route to Washington and the opposing armies faced off in nearby Virginia, enslaved people left farms and plantations and sought respite in the capital.
One northern speaker sought to “test the freedom of the capitol” by bringing his show about John Brown to the city. ”57 Yet black leaders were also aware of the limited resources their institutions e v e ry where i s freedom and everyb o dy f r e e 33 commanded, and they worked to extend help to freedpeople without undermining the organizations they had worked so hard to build. Pastor J. P. Hamer of John Wesley ame Zion Church carefully portrayed that dilemma as he kept readers of the Christian Recorder apprised of his church’s efforts to help freedpeople infected by smallpox.
Many African American Protestant congregations and Catholic groups organized freedmen’s relief societies, the best documented of which are those associated with Union Bethel ame Church and 15th Street Presbyterian. The Union Relief Association, organized in the basement of Union Bethel, was originally composed of ﬁfty-three men and women. ”50 A group of some forty women afﬁliated with 15th Street Presbyterian Church and led by White House seamstress Elizabeth Keckly organized the Contraband Relief Association in the summer of 1862.
An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C by Kate Masur