Says the Wilson Center:
In An Example for All the Land, Kate Masur offers a critical study of Washington during Reconstruction. Slavery’s demise spurred a national debate over the distribution of rights across racial lines. Masur follows this debate as it plays out in Washington, recounting how the capital became the nation’s vanguard of racial equality, and later – the political opposition sparked by this transformation. She reveals Washington as a laboratory for social policy during a pivotal era, and brings the question of equality to the forefront of Reconstruction scholarship.Among the blurbs on the book from the University of North Carolina Press’s website are the following:
"An Example for all the Land, clearly argued and deeply researched, represents a significant breakthrough in the crowded field of Reconstruction scholarship. Showing how Washington, D.C. became a laboratory for political experimentation, Masur reveals important new facets to the process of emancipation, the fight for racial justice, and the reconstruction of democracy for all Americans."
--Laura F. Edwards, author of The People and Their Peace: Legal Culture and the Transformation of Inequality in the Post-Revolutionary South
"The constriction of citizenship rights in the nation's capital is a story little told but rich with both symbolic and practical meaning. Masur's intriguing history of Reconstruction in the District is justified and fruitful."
--Jane Dailey, University of Chicago