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 battle. during this panoramic research, 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 remodeled neighborhood affairs, and the way, in brief order, urban reformers made that correct almost meaningless. Bringing the query of equality to the leading edge of Reconstruction scholarship, this greatly praised research explores how matters approximately private and non-private area, civilization, and dependency educated the period's debate over rights and citizenship.
"Masur's dependent, nuanced learn . . . is either an exceptional social and political heritage 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 engaging therapy deserving of a large viewers. hugely recommended."--Choice
"Kate Masur's unique and broadly ramifying examine of post-emancipation struggles over equality in Washington, D.C. . . . [is] strong indeed."--American old Review
"[A] deeply researched, superbly written narrative. . . . A must-read ebook, not just for these drawn to the emancipation and Reconstruction yet for somebody attracted to the lengthy, advanced, and contentious tale of equality within the United States."--Civil conflict History
"In all, Masur units a brand new common 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 yankee History
"A good beginning for a comparative review of urban-based emancipation politics. . . . [This publication] 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 well known 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 courting with a Republican-dominated Congress may also 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 heritage. . . [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 examine important of the topic. Deeply researched and compellingly argued, Masur's ebook presents new perception. "--Journal of the Civil warfare Era
"I hugely suggest this e-book simply because Masur presents us a superbly well-documented and engaging heritage of [Washington D.C.] with classes for today….An very important book….[and] a worthwhile person who will confidently evoke public debate and i
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Extra resources for An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C
The capital’s black churches had been at the center of antebellum community life, and they continued to anchor black public life during and after the war. Churches were accustomed to raising money and providing for needy people. In wartime, church organizations extended these missions, mobilizing to feed, clothe, and shelter freedpeople. 47 Yet the war and the new migrants themselves also challenged black Washingtonians’ existing structures of organization and leadership. As a controversy over the fate of the Lincoln delegation demonstrates, black Washingtonians not only disagreed about emigration itself; they also argued over who had the authority to represent whom and what it meant for a small group of people to represent a much larger mass.
Antislavery editors recognized the political effectiveness of the crowds. ” The public conﬂicts the renditions engendered—“between the slave and slave-catcher; between the slaveholder and the people; between the civil and the military authorities”—disgraced both the city and the nation, opined the National Anti-Slavery Standard. As these accounts suggest, the crowds’ effectiveness stemmed from their publicness. Crowds of African Americans turned the rendition cases into political theater, dramatizing the continuing vulnerability of fugitives from slavery and, by their very presence, repudiating the old order.
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.
An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C by Kate Masur