Review Of "An Example For All The Land: Emancipation And The Struggle Over Equality In Washington, DC" By K. Masur

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Journal Of American History


In this deeply researched monograph on Reconstruction in Washington, D.C., Kate Masur connects three stories. One concerns the actions of black Washingtonians to define their civic status during and after emancipation. Another traces the alarmed reactions of local white conservatives, white laborers in competition for municipal jobs, and congressional Democrats. A third story is how a Republican-controlled Congress legally and institutionally reshaped the district, eventually frustrating the democratic promise of what black Washingtonians accomplished.

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