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 warfare. during this panoramic examine, Kate Masur offers a nuanced account of African Americans' grassroots activism, municipal politics, and the U.S. Congress. She tells the provocative tale of ways black men's correct to vote reworked neighborhood affairs, and the way, briefly order, urban reformers made that correct nearly meaningless. Bringing the query of equality to the leading edge of Reconstruction scholarship, this greatly praised learn 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 a very good social and political heritage 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 extensively ramifying examine 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 booklet, not just for these drawn to the emancipation and Reconstruction yet for a person drawn to the lengthy, complex, and contentious tale of equality within the United States."--Civil battle History

"In all, Masur units a brand new typical in Reconstruction historiography. In a beautiful success, she has unearthed a misplaced democratic legacy that used to be formerly unknown--and awarded it poignantly and provocatively."--Journal of yank History

"A reliable starting place for a comparative review of urban-based emancipation politics. . . . [This booklet] 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] booklet highlights how the District's direct dating with a Republican-dominated Congress will help us check the intentions and the boundaries 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 overall and the explicit. . . . A compelling paintings that might function a version for s

"A examine necessary of the topic. Deeply researched and compellingly argued, Masur's booklet offers new perception. "--Journal of the Civil warfare Era

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But most Republicans in Congress had no intention of allowing racially discriminatory legal structures to persist. Since the black codes were local statutes passed by the Washington city council, congressional Republicans first attempted to persuade the city council itself to overturn the laws. When the council refused, Congress went over its head. Wilson placed a clause in the first school bill that repealed all racially discriminatory 26 e v e ry w here i s freedom and everyb o dy f r e e laws within the District.

23 Policy changes, combined with the dramatic migration of thousands of fugitives from slavery into the capital, opened unprecedented possibilities for African Americans to express visions of equality that sometimes converged with, but often exceeded, those of radicals in Congress. Black Washingtonians took to the streets to demand an end to enforcement of fugitive slave laws, newly enlisted black soldiers insisted on equal access to the city streetcars, and black Washingtonians demanded that their civic institutions be accorded the respect conventionally granted to their white counterparts.

79 As he cast doubt on the founding principles of representative government, Turner also insisted that all individuals were capable of making their own decisions and advocating for their own interests. Indeed, here and elsewhere, Turner’s writing revealed little of the concern, shown by people like Frederick Douglass and the members of the scsa, about the ability of freedpeople to make decisions about their own lives. ” “We are going just where we please; going to church, going to stay here, going away, going to Africa, Hayti, Central America, England, France, Egypt, and Jerusalem; and then we are going to the jail, gallows, penitentiary, whipping-post, to the grave, heaven and hell.

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