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This book details the rise to power of the first Black congressmen during Reconstruction.
Paul Lawrence Dunbar once observed that "some men are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them and others lived through the Reconstruction."
My hat is off to Philip Dray for giving these men a voice and bringing them back into the history books for their story desperately needs to be told!
A well written book that captures many of the key developments of the reconstruction period. Since it is told through the lives of key figures, it does not tell the whole story,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Douglas V Van Dyk
I was impressed with the excellent description of these brave men & women. If only everyone understood our history. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sally Moore
Overall a good read, but tended to bounce around from subject to subject. I had hoped for a more complete history of the Capital Men (Smalls, Bruce, Pinchback, etc) Had to keep... Read morePublished 8 months ago by jagger
I purchased this book as I love history and was very excited to read about some of our early lawmakers, especially those who are rarely spoken of or written about. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very well-researched and historical book. However, it is hard and heavy reading. Sometimes the facts and figures do not make the most interesting reading, think it... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lizzie
I am impressed, and only wish it had been on the market when I was still teaching. We ignore the portions of history with which we do not agree, or ti which we are philosophically... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joanne P, Hammes
This essential story needed to be told, and even more so, needs to be read and heard. Bravo, Mr. Dray.Published 12 months ago by steve_k
This group portrait of elected black representatives overturns southern historians' lies about state governments under Reconstruction. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mark Segall
An interesting and sad look at reconstruction in America. This book follows the lives of black Americans as they become Congressmen and face a wall of hatred.Published 13 months ago by Kar Stryker