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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 examine, Kate Masur presents 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 remodeled neighborhood affairs, and the way, briefly order, urban reformers made that correct almost meaningless. Bringing the query of equality to the leading edge of Reconstruction scholarship, this greatly praised examine explores how issues approximately private and non-private house, civilization, and dependency expert the period's debate over rights and citizenship.

"Masur's based, nuanced research . . . is either a good social and political historical past 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 cosmopolitan and interesting therapy deserving of a large viewers. hugely recommended."--Choice

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

"[A] deeply researched, superbly written narrative. . . . A must-read e-book, 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 gorgeous fulfillment, she has unearthed a misplaced democratic legacy that was once formerly unknown--and offered it poignantly and provocatively."--Journal of yank History

"A sturdy beginning for a comparative evaluate of urban-based emancipation politics. . . . [This booklet] illuminates how Washington, D.C., supplied very important precedents for either expansive and restricted 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 renowned 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 might 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 historical past. . . [and] conscientiously reconstructs the interaction among nationwide and native forces, among the final and the explicit. . . . A compelling paintings that might function a version for s

"A research worthwhile of the topic. Deeply researched and compellingly argued, Masur's e-book presents new perception. "--Journal of the Civil warfare Era

"I hugely suggest this ebook simply because Masur offers us a superbly well-documented and interesting heritage of [Washington D.C.] with classes for today….An vital book….[and] a worthwhile one who will confidently evoke public debate and i

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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. 51 As the composition of Keckly’s organization suggests, black women were centrally involved in freedmen’s relief efforts. Israel Church also had a women’s freedmen’s relief organization; women in southwest Washington organized a mutual aid society; and women associated with an ame Zion church created a society to provide support to black soldiers and their families.

After that broad preface, it specified that black people could not be tried for different crimes, or subjected to different punishments, than white people. ”33 The repeal of Washington’s black codes and the prohibition of racial discrimination in witness testimony established in the capital a regime of formal legal equality common in the Northeast on the eve of war. Indeed, the apparent lack of debate about these measures in Congress reflected a general consensus among Republicans that the same laws should apply to everyone, regardless of race.

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. Moreover, they had long suspected that the Liberian enterprise was driven more by racist sensibilities than by assessments of African Americans’ best interests.

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