Reunion and Reaction: The Compromise of 1877 and the End of Reconstruction
Between the era of America's landmark antebellum compromises and that of the Compromise of 1877, a war had intervened, destroying the integrity of the Southern system but failing to determine the New South's relation to the Union. While it did not restore the old order in the South, or restore the South to parity with the Union, it did lay down the political foundations for reunion, bring Reconstruction to an end, and shape the future of four million freedmen. Originally published in 1951, this classic work by one of America's foremost experts on Southern history presents an important new interpretation of the Compromise, forcing historians to revise previous attitudes towards the Reconstruction period, the history of the Republican party, and the realignment of forces that fought the Civil War. Because much of the negotiating occurred in secrecy, historians have known less about this Compromise than others before it. Now reissued with a new introduction by Woodward, Reunion and Reaction gives us the other half of the story.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
The Rejuvenation of Whiggery
The Quid Pro Quo
Apotheosis of Carpetbaggery
The Scott Plan
The Rift in the Democratic Ranks
The Crisis Renewed
Other editions - View all
44 Cong Bargain Blair bonds Boynton Bradley Burke Carpetbaggers caucus Chicago Tribune Cincinnati Colonel Kellar Comly committee Compromise of 1877 Congress Congressional Record crats December December 27 defeat Demo Diary Dodge Papers editor Electoral Commission favor February 17 Federal filibuster force Frémont friends Garfield Gould Governor Hayes Grant Hampton Hayes Papers Hayes's Hewitt Holman House Huntington to Colton ibid interests internal improvements January January 24 John Lamar leaders legislature letterbook in Box lobby Louisiana March Medill Memphis Avalanche Mississippi Negro North Northern Ohio old Whig Orleans Pacific bill Pacific Railroad political President quoted Randall Reconstruction Redeemers reported Republican party road Scott Senate Sess Sherman Smith Papers Smith to Hayes South Carolina Southern Democrats Southern Pacific Southern policy subsidies Tennessee Texas & Pacific Texas and Pacific Tilden tion Tom Scott troops Washington National Republican Watterson West Whig William Henry Smith wrote York Sun York Tribune
Page 4 - Compromise of 1877 marked the abandonment of principles and of force and a return to the traditional ways of expediency and concession. The compromise laid the political foundation for re-union. It established a new sectional truce that proved more enduring than any previous one and provided a settlement for an issue that had troubled American politics for more than a generation. It wrote an end to Reconstruction and recognized a new regime in the South. More profoundly than Constitutional amendments...