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Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen
 
 
Author
Philip Dray.
Publisher Mariner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780547247977
Pages/Publication Date 463/2010
Daedalus Item Code 31528
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The author of At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America—a Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award—Philip Dray here shines a light on a little known group of men, the nation's first black members of Congress. P.B.S. Pinchback (a former riverboat gambler), Robert Smalls (who hijacked a Confederate steamer for the Union), and Robert Brown Elliot (who bested the former vice president of the Confederacy in a debate on the House floor) were eloquent, creative, and often effective, if overwhelmed by the forces of Southern reaction and Northern indifference. Covering the fraught period between the Emancipation Proclamation and the establishment of Jim Crow laws, Dray reclaims the reputations of men who, though flawed, led a valiant struggle for social justice.

"Particularly illuminating on local political history, Dray is equally attentive to broader issues (e.g., the rift between women's rights advocates and civil rights activists). Events frequently treated as separate African-American issues (e.g., the collapse of the Freedman's Bank, the legal entrenchment of separate but equal) are examined in the fuller milieu of contemporary history. The author asserts, 'it is difficult to imagine another period in America's past as complex as Reconstruction, or one that has been more controversial in the telling.' Dray's triumph is to have crafted a lucid and balanced narrative, thoroughly researched and well-documented to satisfy the scholarly, while consistently fascinating and fully accessible for the casual reader."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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