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Title:
Capitol men : the epic story of Reconstruction through the lives of the first Black congressmen / Philip Dray.
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Call Number:
973.8 DRA
Publication Date:
2008.
Publisher:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2008.
Physical 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".
Summary:
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."--From publisher description.
Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [421]-437) and index.
Horizon Bib Number:
1178513
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