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Capitol men : the epic story of Reconstruction through the lives of the first Black congressmen

Author: Philip Dray
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2008.
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Pulitzer Prize finalist Philip Dray shines a light on a little known group of men: the nation's first black members of Congress. These men played a critical role in pushing for much-needed reforms in the wake of a traumatic civil war, including public education for all children, equal rights, and protection from Klan violence. But they have been either neglected or maligned by most historians--their "glorious  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Dray
ISBN: 9780618563708 0618563709
OCLC Number: 214064100
Description: xiii, 463 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Boat thief [Robert Smalls] --
A new kind of nation --
Daddy Cain --
"The whirligig of time" --
Kukluxery --
Pinch --
The Colfax Massacre --
Capstone of the reconstructed Republic --
Divided time --
The eternal fitness of things --
Black Thursday --
A dual house --
Exodusting --
A rope of sand --
"The negroes' farewell."
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Pulitzer Prize finalist Philip Dray shines a light on a little known group of men: the nation's first black members of Congress. These men played a critical role in pushing for much-needed reforms in the wake of a traumatic civil war, including public education for all children, equal rights, and protection from Klan violence. But they have been either neglected or maligned by most historians--their "glorious failure" chalked up to corruption and "ill-preparedness."--Publisher description.

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