Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877

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Harper & Row, 1988 - History - 690 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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User Review  - DarthDeverell - LibraryThing

Eric Foner begins with an assessment of the historiography up to 1988. In the first decade of the 1900s, William Dunning and John W. Burgess articulated a history of Reconstruction that condemned ... Read full review

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User Review  - kcshankd - LibraryThing

I can't remember ever reading a book that made me so mad, over and over. I of course knew what to expect, and yet managed to be repeatedly horrified at our ancestors' failures. Political change is a ... Read full review


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Eric Foner is the pre-eminent historian of his generation. Foner is highly respected by historians of every stripe whether they specialize in political history or social history. His books have won the top awards in the profession, and he has been president of both major history organizations the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians. He has worked on every detail of "Give Me Liberty!", which displays all of his trademark strengths as a scholar, teacher, and writer. A specialist on the Civil War/Reconstruction period, Foner regularly teaches the 19th century survey at Columbia University, where he is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History. His latest trade title, "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery", won numerous awards including the Lincoln Prize, Bancroft Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.

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