A Short History of Reconstruction (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 19, 2010 - History - 320 pages
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An abridged version of Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, the definitive study of the aftermath of the Civil War, winner of the Bancroft Prize, Avery O. Craven Prize, Los Angeles Times Book Award, Francis Parkman Prize, and Lionel Trilling Prize.

  

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User Review  - Mike Hankins - Goodreads

This book is an abridged version of Foner's longer work on Reconstruction, although this does stand quite well on its own. The larger work gives more detail, but this hits all the main points and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

good study of why the south won the post civil war socio/political war Read full review

Contents

The World the War Made
1
Rehearsals for Reconstruction
16
The Meaning of Freedom
35
Ambiguities of Free Labor
55
The Failure of Presidential Reconstruction
82
The Making of Radical Reconstruction
104
Blueprints for a Republican South
124
Political and Economic
148
The Challenge of Enforcement
180
The Reconstruction of the North
199
The Politics of Depression
217
Redemption and After
238
The River Has Its Bend
254
Suggestions for Further Reading
261
Index
277
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About the author (2010)

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.