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An example for all the land : emancipation and the struggle over equality in Washington, D.C.

Author: Kate Masur
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"An Example for all the Land, clearly argued and deeply researched, represents a significant breakthrough in the crowded field of Reconstruction scholarship. Showing how Washington, D.C. became a laboratory for political experimentation, Masur reveals important new facets of the process of emancipation, the fight for racial justice, and the reconstruction of democracy for all Americans."-Laura F. Edwards, author of
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Genre/Form: History
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Masur, Kate.
Example for all the land.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2010
(OCoLC)777330336
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kate Masur
ISBN: 9780807834145 0807834149 0807899321 9780807899328 9780807872666 0807872660
OCLC Number: 542263601
Description: x, 364 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Everywhere is freedom and everybody free : the capital transformed --
They feel it is their right : freedpeople, reformers, and the demands of citizenship --
Someone must lead the way : creating and claiming civil rights --
First among them is the right of suffrage : the vote and its consequences --
Make haste slowly : the limits of equality --
To save the common property and respectability of all : the rise and fall of the territorial government.
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Offers the first major study of Washington during Reconstruction in over fifty years. Masur's panoramic account considers grassroots struggles, city politics, Congress, and the presidency, revealing  Read more...

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A study worthy of the subject. Deeply researched and compellingly argued, Masur's book provides new insight. --Journal of the Civil War Era [A] deeply researched, beautifully written narrative. . . . Read more...

 
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