Bright Radical Star: Black Freedom and White Supremacy on the Hawkeye Frontier Robert R. Dykstra

ISBN: 9780813823089

Published: April 30th 1997

Paperback

348 pages


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Bright Radical Star: Black Freedom and White Supremacy on the Hawkeye Frontier  by  Robert R. Dykstra

Bright Radical Star: Black Freedom and White Supremacy on the Hawkeye Frontier by Robert R. Dykstra
April 30th 1997 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 348 pages | ISBN: 9780813823089 | 7.61 Mb

Rallying behind the Fugitive Slave Law and rejecting black suffrage by its greatest antebellum margin, Iowa was arguably the most racist of the free states in the Union. Twenty-five years later, it was one of Americas most racially progressive. HowMoreRallying behind the Fugitive Slave Law and rejecting black suffrage by its greatest antebellum margin, Iowa was arguably the most racist of the free states in the Union. Twenty-five years later, it was one of Americas most racially progressive.

How this remarkable transformation came about is the story told in this prizewinning book.Bright Radical Star begins in 1833, with Iowa officially open to settlement, and continues through 1880, the end of the pioneer era. Within this half-century, Dykstra traces changing attitudes toward black civil equality through the workings of the judiciary, the legislature, and the efforts of the citizenry.

Diverse personalities from a variety of political cultures animate this narrative of life at the extremity of a culture.Drawing on a wealth of local resources as well as the latest ideas and methods of social, legal, constitutional, and political history, Bright Radical Star is a model of rigorous analysis as well as a pleasure to read.

It is, in the words of James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom, superb, exhaustive, and convincing.



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