TITLE: Kate Masur: An Example for All the Land
SPEAKER: Kate Masur
EVENT DATE: 01/12/2011
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 59 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
In "An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle Over Equality in Washington, D.C." (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), author Kate Masur offers the first major study in more than 50 years of the nation's capital during Reconstruction. The author's panoramic account considers grassroots struggles, city politics, Congress and the presidency, revealing the District of Columbia as a unique battleground in the American struggle over equality. After slavery's demise, the question of racial equality produced a multifaceted debate about who should have which rights and privileges, and where.
Speaker Biography: Kate Masur is assistant professor of History and African American studies at Northwestern University.
SERIES: Books & Beyond