We are all familiar with images of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s: fire hoses, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, of Martin Luther King exclaiming, "I have a dream." Ultimately, that  Civil Rights Movement led to advances like the order to desegregate schools, the Civil Rights Act, and the Voting Rights Act. But that was not the first time Black Americans demanded equality.

Dr. Kate Masur's book, "Until Justice Be Done: America's First Civil Rights Movement, From the Revolution to Reconstruction," explains how movements started to demand the end of Ohio's Black Codes, to reform voting rights and to ban the forced registration of those who were Black. Of course, there was also an organized effort to abolish slavery, and Masur expertly shows how the two movements were eventually inseparable. She also shows how the Reconstruction amendments were finally agreed to, and how for at least a few moments, America was made more whole.

Kate Masur is on Twitter at twitter.com/katemasur

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