Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, Dec 13, 2011 - History - 736 pages
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This "masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history" (New Republic) made history when it was originally published in 1988. It redefined how Reconstruction was viewed by historians and people everywhere in its chronicling of how Americans -- black and white -- responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the war and the end of slavery. This "smart book of enormous strengths" (Boston Globe) has since gone on to become the classic work on the wrenching post-Civil War period -- an era whose legacy reverberates still today in the United States.

  

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Review: Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution 1863-1877 (The New American Nation Series)

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Reconstruction is a tremendous scholarly accomplishment. Starting out as an attempt to clear away the misconceptions of America's most politically contentious period,it ends up as an incredibly ... Read full review

Review: Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution 1863-1877 (The New American Nation Series)

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“The past is never dead. In fact, it's not even past.” The truth of this observation by Southern writer William Faulkner came home to me as I worked my way through this “perennial classic,” Eric Foner ... Read full review

Contents

The World the War Made
1
Rehearsals for Reconstruction
35
The Meaning of Freedom
77
Ambiguities of Free Labor
124
The Failure of Presidential Reconstruction
176
The Making of Radical Reconstruction
228
Blueprints for a Republican South
281
Political and Economic
346
The Challenge of Enforcement
412
The Reconstruction of the North
460
The Politics of Depression
512
Redemption and After
564
The River Has Its Bend
602
Selected Bibliography
615
Index
643
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Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of American History at Columbia University, is the author of numerous works on American history, including Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party Before the Civil War; Tom Paine and Revolutionary America; and The Story of American Freedom. He has served as president of both the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Association, and has been named Scholar of the Year by the New York Council for the Humanities.

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