Capitol men : the epic story of Reconstruction through the lives of the first Black congressmen / Philip Dray. - SHERLOC
Capitol men : the epic story of Reconstruction through the lives of the first Black congressmen / Philip Dray.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2008.
xiii, 463 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
African American legislators -- Biography.
Social justice -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States. Congress. House -- Biography.
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.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -437) and index.
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.
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".