An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington,, Part 3

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Oct 4, 2010 - Social Science - 376 pages
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An Example for All the Land reveals Washington, D.C. as a laboratory for social policy in the era of emancipation and the Civil War. In this panoramic study, Kate Masur provides a nuanced account of African Americans' grassroots activism, municipal politics, and the U.S. Congress. She tells the provocative story of how black men's right to vote transformed local affairs, and how, in short order, city reformers made that right virtually meaningless. Bringing the question of equality to the forefront of Reconstruction scholarship, this widely praised study explores how concerns about public and private space, civilization, and dependency informed the period's debate over rights and citizenship.

 

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It is a gratifying when an author delivers not only the book you expect, but goes on to give the reader even more. Having heard Kate Masur discuss her book at the Library of Congress, I was sure that ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Capital Transformed
13
Freedpeople Reformers and the Demands of Citizenship
51
Creating and Claiming Civil Rights
87
The Vote and Its Consequences
127
The Limits of Equality
174
The Rise and Fall of the Territorial Government
214
Epilogue
257
Notes
267
Works Cited
311
Acknowledgments
339
Index
343
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About the author (2010)

Kate Masur is assistant professor of history and African American studies at Northwestern University.

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