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

by Dray, Philip.

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Summary
"Reconstruction was a time of idealism and sweeping change, as the victorious Union created citizenship rights for the freed slaves and granted the vote to black men. Sixteen black Southerners, elected to the U.S. Congress, arrived in Washington to advocate reforms such as public education, equal rights, land distribution, and the suppression of the Ku Klux Klan." "In this book, Philip Dray reclaims their story. Drawing on archival documents, contemporary news accounts, and congressional records, he shows how the efforts of black Americans revealed their political perceptiveness and readiness to serve as voters, citizens, and elected officials." "We meet men like the war hero Robert Smalls of South Carolina (who had stolen a Confederate vessel and delivered it to the Union navy), Robert Brown Elliott (who bested the former vice president of the Confederacy in a stormy debate on the House floor), and the distinguished former slave Blanche K. Bruce (who was said to possess "the manners of a Chesterfield"). As Dray, demonstrates, these men were eloquent, creative, and often effective representatives who, as support for Reconstruction faded, were undone by the forces of Southern reaction and Northern indifference."--BOOK JACKET
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".

Additional Information
Subjects United States. Congress. House Biography
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
African American legislators Biography
Social justice United States History 19th century
Reconstruction (1865-1877) gtt
Sociology
Nonfiction
History
United States Race relations Political aspects History 19th century.
Southern States Race relations Political aspects History 19th century.
United States Politics and government 1865-1900.
Southern States Politics and government 1865-1950.
Electronic books.
Biography.
19th century.
1865-1900.
1865-1950.
Publisher Boston :Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2010
2010
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
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Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [421]-437) and index
ISBN 9780547526911
9780547526911
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