Capitol Men: Book summary and reviews of Capitol Men by Philip Dray

Capitol Men

The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen

by Philip Dray

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In this grand and compelling new history of Reconstruction, 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."

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"Starred Review. [T]horoughly researched and well-documented to satisfy the scholarly, while consistently fascinating and fully accessible" - Publishers Weekly.

"Dray develops a poignant story of racial hope - and resentment - and of America's ultimately reneging on its promises to blacks." - Library Journal.

"Starred Review. A welcome addition to the literature of the Civil War and Reconstruction Era, and important for students of the civil-rights movement and its origins." - Kirkus Reviews.

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Philip Dray

Philip Dray is the author of many books, including Stealing God's Thunder and At the Hands of Persons Unknown, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

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