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By Kate Masur

ISBN-10: 0807872660

ISBN-13: 9780807872666

An instance for the entire Land finds Washington, D.C. as a laboratory for social coverage within the period of emancipation and the Civil battle. 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 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 commonly praised examine explores how matters approximately private and non-private area, civilization, and dependency expert the period's debate over rights and citizenship.

"Masur's stylish, nuanced learn . . . is either an outstanding social and political background 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 interesting therapy deserving of a large viewers. hugely recommended."--Choice

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

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

"In all, Masur units a brand new ordinary 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 stable origin for a comparative evaluate of urban-based emancipation politics. . . . [This e-book] illuminates how Washington, D.C., supplied vital precedents for either expansive and constrained 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 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] booklet highlights how the District's direct dating with a Republican-dominated Congress may 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 final and the categorical. . . . A compelling paintings that might function a version for s

"A learn useful of the topic. Deeply researched and compellingly argued, Masur's ebook presents new perception. "--Journal of the Civil struggle Era

"I hugely suggest this ebook simply because Masur offers us a perfectly well-documented and engaging background of [Washington D.C.] with classes for today….An vital book….[and] a lucrative one who will with a bit of luck evoke public debate and i

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Thomas. 59 Internal records of the association have not been located, and many details about its goals and procedures remain unknown. Yet it is clear that members saw the association not just as a mutual aid society but also as an organization that would shepherd black Washington through the upheavals of the Civil War. In the spring of 1862, members of the scsa collected statistics about the number of black private schools in the capital and the amount of real estate owned by black individuals and churches, information that could be used to demonstrate African Americans’ ability to thrive in freedom.

And as elsewhere, the municipal government sought to raise money by taxing real estate and other property and by issuing bonds. In Washington, improvements did not keep pace with the needs of the growing population, but the same was true in cities throughout the country, which also struggled to finance basic infrastructure. Still, improvement-minded residents of the capital were quick to blame the federal government itself for holding the city back. The government paid no taxes on property, and the nation’s legislators took little interest in local urban development, except to the extent that it improved their own lives.

During his tenure as military governor, from March through October 1862, Wadsworth frequently attempted to override decisions by the Circuit Court and the fugitive slave commissioners. Under his direction, the provost marshal’s department provided passes and protection to fugitives at its discretion. 39 The influx of fugitive slaves and the disputes at the highest levels of law enforcement provided an opening for black Washingtonians, who publicly de28 e v e ry w here i s freedom and everyb o dy f r e e manded an end to fugitive slave renditions.

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