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By Kate Masur

ISBN-10: 0807872660

ISBN-13: 9780807872666

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 conflict. during this panoramic learn, 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 almost meaningless. Bringing the query of equality to the vanguard of Reconstruction scholarship, this extensively praised learn explores how issues approximately private and non-private area, civilization, and dependency knowledgeable the period's debate over rights and citizenship.

"Masur's stylish, nuanced examine . . . is either an outstanding social and political historical past 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 remedy deserving of a large viewers. hugely recommended."--Choice

"Kate Masur's unique and largely ramifying learn of post-emancipation struggles over equality in Washington, D.C. . . . [is] strong indeed."--American ancient Review

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

"In all, Masur units a brand new general 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 yankee History

"A strong starting place for a comparative review of urban-based emancipation politics. . . . [This publication] illuminates how Washington, D.C., supplied very important precedents for either expansive and restricted 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 well known struggles, whereas attending to the center of thorny questions on equivalent rights in the course of a tumultuous time our nation's history."--Journal

"[Masur's] booklet highlights how the District's direct courting with a Republican-dominated Congress may help us check 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] rigorously 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 necessary of the topic. Deeply researched and compellingly argued, Masur's booklet presents new perception. "--Journal of the Civil conflict 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 profitable person who will with a bit of luck evoke public debate and i

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In 1860, 78 percent of the local black population was free, up from 73 percent ten years earlier. Yet, even as increasing numbers of black Washingtonians enjoyed nominal freedom, the threat of sale hung over everyone. The decline of slavery in the Chesapeake region generated a thriving business of selling slaves to the booming Southwest. Enslaved people were always at risk of being sold away, while their free counterparts were threatened with kidnapping. ”11 Federal and local officials worked together to secure both slavery and the racist legal order that supported it.

The Liberian representative, John D. Johnson, had allegedly told a Republican congressman that “contrabands . . ”64 The comments attributed to Johnson represented much that African Americans despised in the traditions of white-led emigration efforts with which Liberia was associated. Black northerners had long feared that white supporters of emigration to Li- e v e ry where i s freedom and everyb o dy f r e e 35 beria sought to forcibly deport African Americans and not simply offer them the option of leaving the United States.

S. 26 24 e v e ry w here i s freedom and everyb o dy f r e e Following the jail controversy, Wilson would play a leading role in passing the District of Columbia Emancipation Act. But the proposal to end slavery in the capital met strenuous opposition. Border state senators insisted that District of Columbia residents (white ones) be allowed to weigh in on the matter, and they argued that the proposed legislation forecast congressional Republicans’ broader emancipation agenda. ”28 Proponents prevailed, however, and on April 16, 1862, Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Emancipation Act into law.

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