Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the by Philip Dray

By Philip Dray

Reconstruction was once a time of idealism and sweeping switch, because the positive Union created citizenship rights for the freed slaves and granted the vote to black males. 16 black Southerners, elected to the U.S. Congress, arrived in Washington to recommend reforms resembling public schooling, equivalent rights, land distribution, and the suppression of the Ku Klux Klan.
yet those males confronted dazzling odds. They have been belittled as corrupt and insufficient by means of their white political rivals, who used legislative trickery, libel, bribery, and the brutal intimidation in their parts to rob them in their base of aid. regardless of their prestige as congressmen, they have been made to undergo the worst humiliations of racial prejudice. they usually were principally forgotten—often missed or maligned by way of common histories of the period.
during this superbly written e-book, Philip Dray reclaims their tale. Drawing on archival files, modern information money owed, and congressional documents, he exhibits how the efforts of black american citizens printed their political perceptiveness and readiness to function citizens, voters, and elected officials.
We meet males just like the warfare hero Robert Smalls of South Carolina (who had stolen a accomplice vessel and added it to the Union navy), Robert Brown Elliott (who bested the previous vice chairman of the Confederacy in a stormy debate at the apartment floor), and the celebrated former slave Blanche ok. Bruce (who used to be stated to own “the manners of a Chesterfield”). As Dray demonstrates, those males have been eloquent, artistic, and infrequently powerful representatives who, as aid for Reconstruction pale, have been undone via the forces of Southern response and northern indifference.
In a grand narrative that lines the promising but tragic arc of Reconstruction, Dray follows those black representatives’ struggles, from the Emancipation Proclamation to the onset of Jim Crow, as they fought for social justice and helped notice the promise of a brand new nation.

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THE RAISING OF THE FLAG AT FORT SUMTER The freed people of Charleston rewarded their travails with a warm welcome. At a mass rally in Citadel Square, the diminutive Garrison was hoisted up into the air to seemingly float on a sea of smiling black faces. In a formal presentation, a speaker assured him that the "pulsations" of the hearts of the black people gathered "are unimaginable. " Garrison, equally moved, replied, It is not on account of your complexion or race ... that I espoused your cause, but because you were the children of a common Father, created in the same divine image, having the same inalienable rights, and as much entitled to liberty as the proudest slaveholder that ever walked the earth ...

With such ambitions, it was natural that he saw the thousands of ex-slaves gathering at Port Royal as potential troops and hoped that an earlier order from the former secretary of war, Simon Cameron, authorizing Sherman to employ "loyal persons," might effectively cover the action he contemplated. "Please let me have my own way on the subject of slavery," he asked of Stanton as early as January. "The administration will not be responsible. " There were doubts in Washington as to the battle-worthiness of men so recently slaves, but Hunter's bold approach had the support of many who believed black men would fight, and fight hard, for freedom.

But he did not complete that final turn. Crying down to the engine room to cram the boilers "with pitch, tar, oil, anything to make a fire seven times heated," Smalls abruptly swung the Planter toward the open sea. Confederate signalers atop the shore batteries expressed concern, querying the Planter as to why it was heading the wrong way. Had they grasped Smalls's intentions, they might have succeeded in bringing the ship under fire, but with the Planter's furnaces roaring, the boat was in moments safely out of range.

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